The All Blacks, New Zealand's rugby team and reigning world champions, led tributes to the 49 people killed in the country's worst ever mass shooting on Friday.
At least one gunman killed 49 people and wounded dozens more during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch, police confirmed.
The Bangladesh cricket team's tour of New Zealand has been called off following the attacks and the team narrowly escaped the Al Noor mosque after they were en route to Friday players. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the attack as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".
"Christchurch, we stand with you during the time," the All Blacks tweeted.
"Our thoughts and sympathies are with everyone affected by today's tragedy. Stay strong. Kia Kaha."
Christchurch, we stand with you during this time. Our thoughts and sympathies are with everyone affected by today's tragedy. Stay strong. Kia Kaha. 🖤— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) March 15, 2019
Sonny Bill Williams, a devout Muslim and a star player on the team, tweeted an emotional video message soon after the attacks.
"Just heard the news. I couldn't put it into words how I'm feeling right now," Williams said.
"Inshallah (God willing) everyone who's been killed today... you guys are all in paradise," he added.
My heart is hurting about the news coming out of Christchurch. Sending love & prayers to the effected families❤️😢 pic.twitter.com/7PX9wc56b8— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) March 15, 2019
Dan Carter, the All Black's record point scorer and a former player of the Christchurch Crusaders, tweeted: "Sending love to everyone in Christchurch right now."
Sending love to everyone in Christchurch right now 😢— Dan Carter (@DanCarter) March 15, 2019
Players from the Hamilton Chiefs and the Hurricanes, two of New Zealand's professional rugby teams, came together in tribute ahead of their Super Rugby match in Hamilton on Friday evening.
There have also been numerous tributes from across the sporting world.
Dreadful news coming out of New Zealand this morning. My condolences go out to the families of those innocent victims who lost their lives in this act of pure evil.— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) March 15, 2019
Our thoughts and sympathies are with everyone affected by the tragedy in New Zealand today.— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) March 15, 2019
So many great memories from Christchurch, devastated to hear the news today. Our thoughts with everyone in New Zealand at this sad time. https://t.co/o6FKn298UZ— British&Irish Lions (@lionsofficial) 15 March 2019
Everyone's thoughts at Manchester United are with those who have been affected by today's attacks in New Zealand.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 15, 2019
Thinking of everyone down in Christchurch.— New Zealand Football (@NZ_Football) March 15, 2019
The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with those affected by events in New Zealand.— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 15, 2019
The thoughts of everyone at the Club are with those affected by the attacks in New Zealand.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 15 March 2019
Everyone's thoughts here at Manchester City are with those affected by the recent attacks in New Zealand. 💙— Manchester City (@ManCity) 15 March 2019
The thoughts of everyone at AS Roma are with all those affected by the horrific terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) 15 March 2019
Everyone at #Galatasaray extends their sincerest condolences to the all those affected by the terrorist attack in New Zealand.— Galatasaray EN (@Galatasaray) 15 March 2019
Violence has no place in our world and should be condemned whereever it happens. pic.twitter.com/aRqAMNJMVn
Information from Reuters contributed to this report