Wiveliscombe Rugby Club remembers former player Graham Broom

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A FUN-loving man who was killed in a farming accident in Australia has been remembered through a charity rugby match.

Graham Broom, 22, of Wiveliscombe, was discovered by work colleagues at Kilto Station, Western Australia, in August this year following his tragic death.

On Saturday (November 10), Graham, who played for Wiveliscombe Rugby Club and is a former Kingsmead School student, was in the thoughts of those who knew him as they hosted an in-house rugby match in his memory.

Roger Bellamy, club member, said: “It was very well attended with quite a few people watching. Around 60 players turned out for the games, all in Aussie gear. We had a minutes silence before the matches to mark Armistice Day and in memory of Graham.

“Afterwards there was a raffle, with tickets for Exeter Chiefs and Bath Rugby up for grabs.”

Friends hope the money raised will be put towards a granite bench for the town's recreation ground bearing Graham's name.

Following his death, hundreds took to social networking sites to pay tribute.

Graham's mum, Sarah Sweeting, said: “He was very popular. Everyone loved and respected him. He was happy-go-lucky but would do anything for anybody.

“He always made people happy and there wasn't a bad bone in him.”

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