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Crusaders face identity issues after mosque shooting

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) With their very identity still in doubt, the defending champion Crusaders on Saturday will resume a Super Rugby season interrupted by unimaginable tragedy.

The Crusaders will face the New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney, eight days after a white supremacist gunman killed 50 worshippers and wounded dozens more in attacks on two mosques in their hometown of Christchurch.

A scheduled match the day after the shootings, a match between the Crusaders and Highlanders in Dunedin - a South Island derby considered one of the highlights of the Super Rugby season in New Zealand - was cancelled by agreement between the clubs as a mark of respect to the dead.