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Rugby club falls silent to remember head coach and ‘role model’ Sgt Matt Ratana


Members of East Grinstead Rugby Club have paid tribute to Sergeant Matt Ratana, their head coach who was an “irreplaceable figure” in the community and a “role model to many”. Tributes were laid outside the clubhouse and two periods of silence – for junior and senior club members – were held on Sunday morning, in memory of the Met Police officer who was shot by a handcuffed suspect in a custody suite. The club flag was flown alongside the New Zealand flag and the All Blacks rugby team flag to honour Sgt Ratana’s Kiwi roots.

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