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@RugbyCanada🇨🇦 for supporting the people of Kamaishi in the cleanup efforts following Typhoon Hagibis! ✨#RWC2019 #RWC釜石 #NAMvCAN pic.twitter.com/PjhDllcT9L
— ラグビーワールドカップ (@rugbyworldcupjp) October 13, 2019
The squad arrived back in Victoria, B.C., Monday, where they shared details of the cleanup effort.
Rugby Canada media manager Gareth Rees said the players had woken up Sunday to the “massive disappointment” of their game being cancelled when the offer came in, and pitching in seemed the logical conclusion.
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“There was a couple of houses we were helping older ladies to basically clear out all the contents of their house, they’d been flooded with three, four feet of water,” he said.
“It was one of those fantastic connections with a community, with people. It was a great day in an awful circumstance.”
The now-viral video shows the players, many decked out in Rugby Canada gear, shoveling muck and mud from the village’s streets.
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