Rugby union player Lachlan Ward, 25, dies during match
A RUGBY player has died as a result of an injury during a game today.
Warringah Rats player Lachlan Ward, 25, was competing in a fifth grade match against Gordon at Pittwater Rugby Park when police and paramedics were called about 1.45pm.
Spectators saw the player clutch his chest after a regulation collision, moments before he collapsed.
Attempts to resuscitate Mr Ward were made at the scene but were unsuccessful.
At 3pm, the Warringah Rats Official Supporters Page posted on their Facebook page: "Warringah Rugby Club advises that due to an incident involving an injury to a player during a game played earlier today, all games at Rat Park have been cancelled."
Warringah's first four grades were scheduled to play Randwick at Rat Park this afternoon but the clubs agreed to postpone the fixtures.
Randwick official Nick Ryan said spectators and players at the ground "were all numb".
"It's the last thing you would ever expect and it's tragic beyond words," Mr Ryan said.
"It makes no sense that a young guy like that could die playing the game we all love.
"This is just one of the saddest things to happen to a tight-knit club like Warringah."
In a written statement, New South Wales Rugby Union (NSWRU) extended its "deepest sympathy to the Mr Ward's family and to all the members of the club".
An autopsy will be conducted to determine how he died.