We’ve all been affected by the terrible death of Sergeant Matt Ratana. The following has been sent to East Grinstead RFC.

As fellow members of the rugby community we at Charlton Park have been deeply saddened by the news of Matt Ratana’s shocking death. As well as a highly respected and loved police officer he was clearly a pillar of East Grinstead Rugby Club and we can only try to understand how you at the club must be feeling at this terrible time.

May we just send our thoughts to you all. Rugby is a game played and enjoyed by strong and devoted people; rugby clubs are close and comforting homes. As members of the rugby family we feel a part of your loss and we will be remembering him, his family and loved ones throughout our club this week.

Andy Potts

Hon Sec

On behalf of the club and committee