South Yorkshire Police officer represents England at international rugby tournament
A South Yorkshire Police officer has returned from Hong Kong, where he represented England Police in an international rugby tournament.
Dave Pattimore, of Rotherham, was selected to play for the country alongside officers from other forces across the country. He was one of a 30-man squad to play in matches against Australia and New Sealand in the international tri-nation police rugby tournament.
Dave said: “Having played rugby for over 30 years this adventure has been the pinnacle.
“It is a huge honour to represent my country in an international tournament, on foreign soil and against two giants of the rugby world.
“I have played for England Police rugby since its inception five years ago and was lucky to get an opportunity to trial for the hooker position and was subsequently selected for the early squads.”
England fared well in the Hong Kong based tournament, narrowly losing to New Zealand but beating Australia. The final result was two wins to New Zealand who topped the group, one win for England, and two losses for Australia.
Dave added: “Even though the matches played in Hong Kong were fierce and competitive, after the game, new friendships were made and international police rugby relations were built over a couple of beers.“I’m looking forward to coaching now, and giving new players, put forward by reps within their forces, the opportunity to shine.”