Samoan rugby participant, Kelly Meafua has tragically died on the age of 31 after leaping from a bridge in France simply hours after taking part in a match.
The again row performed for French second division facet Montauban and was celebrating a 48-40 win over Narbonne on the time of the incident.
Based on stories, he had been celebrating the group’s final residence recreation of the season earlier than leaping off the Pont-Vieux bridge into the river Tarn, from a top of greater than 20 metres.
Teammate, Christopher Vaotoa acquired into the water to aim to seek out Meafua however was taken to hospital with hypothermia earlier than Meafua’s physique was discovered early Saturday morning.
“USM Sapiac painfully pronounces the loss of life of Kelly Meafua on the evening of Friday to Saturday. One among his teammates tried to rescue him, with out success,” the membership mentioned in a press release.
“Transported to the hospital for hypothermia, he was launched this morning in good well being. All coaching is suspended till additional discover.
“The complete USM Sapiac membership is shocked by this tragedy, and has a thought for his spouse, his kids, his teammates, and extra typically, all membership lovers. Kelly was a participant very appreciated by all, his joie de vivre was infectious and radiant.
After shifting to Sydney, Meafua performed for West Harbour within the Shute Defend and the Better Sydney Rams within the Nationwide Rugby Championship.
He additionally represented the Waratahs within the International Tens match in 2018, however by no means performed a Tremendous Rugby recreation for the NSW membership.
Meafua performed Sevens for Samoa and first got here to France to play for Narbonne in 2015. He returned to play for Beziers in 2018 earlier than switching to Montauban final season.
This season he had performed 24 matches in Pro2, scoring eight tries.