Canada's national rugby team might not have been all that successful at the recent Rugby World Cup in Japan, but what they lacked in victories on the field, they made up for with kindness and generosity elsewhere. One of the kindest gestures from Canada's rugby team was a typhoon clean up.
The final game that the Canadian team was set to play against Namibia had to be cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis. That meant that Canada's team would have to deal with not winning a single game during the entire tournament.
While some teams might have just taken that as their cue to head home, the Canadian team decided to stick around and pitch in with clean up efforts in Kamaishi.
"We decided to offer up anything we could do to help the community," Gareth Rees, media manager for Rugby Canada told CBC News.
The players took it upon themselves to pick up some shovels and clear huge amounts of mud from the street left by the typhoon.
"It was a landslide evacuated community, so we went in and helped shovel out some of the roads so cars could get in, and we went into some houses that weren’t properly protected, so they got pretty torn up in the typhoon," Canadian fullback Andrew Coe told Global News.
Following the cancellation of their match in Kamaishi, @RugbyCanada players headed out to help with recovery effort… https://t.co/GLuOROg8IN— Rugby World Cup (@Rugby World Cup)1570948974.0
A video shared on Twitter by @rugbyworldcup shows the players clearing the mud from the streets, smiling and joking around with each other while working.
"Following the cancellation of their match in Kamaishi, @RugbyCanada players headed out to help with recovery efforts, showing the true values of the game. Amazing scenes and brilliant to see from the team," the tweet reads.
台風19号の影響で、本日の試合が中止になったカナダ代表 @RugbyCanada🇨🇦 そのまま釜石の町に残り、ボランティア活動を行いました🍁✨ #RWC2019 #RWC釜石 #NAMvCAN https://t.co/bwTpHAJPsV— ラグビーワールドカップ (@ラグビーワールドカップ)1570948052.0
"It was pretty emotional," Canadian scrum half Phil Mack told Global. "We did a big tour and they showed us the evacuation sites from the tsunami nine years ago, and then to have the opportunity to help out the community was massive for us."
Team Canada had already represented itself well in the tournament, despite winning no games, when Josh Coulson went to the South African locker room to apologize for a tackle that earned him a red card.