All Blacks lead tributes after NZ terror attack

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."

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.

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."

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.

Information from Reuters contributed to this report