The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has written to the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) to express its condolences and offer solidarity with New Zealanders and their rugby community following the devastating earthquake in Christchurch.
Mr Oregan Hoskins, president of SARU, contacted Mr John Surgeon, president of the NZRU to offer any support SARU could render at this terrible time. “Our rugby community feels a special bond to New Zealand and what has happened in Christchurch has been deeply felt here,” wrote Mr Hoskins.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the effected families and with all New Zealanders, who have no doubt been traumatised by this terrible earthquake. Please be assured that SARU and the South African rugby community will assist the NZRU and the people of New Zealand in any way that we possibly can.”
Mr Hoskins said that the only consideration at the moment was the rescue and recovery operation and the human tragedy being suffered by New Zealanders. He said that SARU would be guided in due course by the NZRU and IRB if the tragedy should have any ramifications for rugby events.