Former All Blacks winger Julian Savea has given his condolences to the victims of last week's Christchurch attacks, having left 50 dead and dozens more injured.
Now playing in France for Toulon, Savea is familiar with the Islamic community, with his wife Fatima a practising Muslim, even observing Ramadan to learn more about the culture.
Taking to Twitter, the 28-year old spoke about his heartbreak at the events from last Friday.
"I've been privileged enough to learn about Islam through my wife's family, especially her grandparents," Savea wrote.
"They've been to Mecca twice, they pray 5 times a day, they encouraged me to fast during Ramadan and taught me what it means to be a Muslim.
"And I will make sure my children learn about Islam too because it's a beautiful religion, and Muslims are the kindest people I have met.
"I am still so heartbroken over Friday's events and I want the Muslim community to know that I stand with you all."