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The NSW Rugby Union was advised yesterday that Lachlan Ward, a player with the Warringah Rugby Club, died while playing for his team in a lower grade game at Narrabeen.
The NSWRU extends our condolences and deepest sympathy to the player’s family and to all members and supporters of the rugby club.
The Chief Executive of the NSW Rugby Union Andrew Hore said this morning that the loss will be felt deeply at the Warringah club and in the wider rugby community.
“It is terribly sad news to learn of Lachlan’s passing and our thoughts are with Lachlan’s family, his friends and all who knew him,” Andrew said.
“The Warringah Rats are a tight-knit club, who will need time coming to terms with what’s happened. They are a strong club and will rally and support Lachlan’s family and each other during this difficult time.
“The NSW Rugby Union will be there to support all those effected by this tragedy in the time ahead and we know the rugby community will be there to help as well.”
As a mark of respect for Lachlan and his family the Waratahs will wear black arm bands in their match against Suntory in Japan this afternoon.
As a report for the coroner is being prepared and out of respect to the family, there will be no further comment.