The rugby world is in a state of shock after Samoan back-row ahead Kelly Meafua died after falling from the Pont-Vieux bridge in France. Kelly fell into the freezing Tarn river from a top of twenty-two metres. Kelly’s Montauban teammate, Christopher Vaotoa, jumped into the water however was unable to avoid wasting him.
Consequently, Vaotoa was taken to hospital with hypothermia and was quickly discharged.
Kelly’s membership Montauban confirmed the horrifying information that the 32-year-old had not survived the incident within the early hours of Saturday morning.
Reportedly, the pair had been out celebrating Montauban’s 48-40 win over Narbonne simply hours earlier within the staff’s closing house Professional D2 recreation of the season at Stade Sapiac.
After Kelly’s physique was recovered on Sunday, Montauban launched a heartfelt assertion asserting the dying of the star rugby participant.
“The whole membership is shocked and everyone seems to be considering of his spouse, his youngsters, his teammates and extra typically everybody who loves the membership,” the membership assertion learn.
The assertion added, “Kelly was a participant who was well liked by everyone. His pleasure for all times was infectious and radiant. As we speak we’ve misplaced a participant, a pal and a brother.”
Kelly Meafua was born in Samoa however moved to New Zealand at a younger age. Kelly didn’t play rugby till he was 20, however had a exceptional profession.
Kelly had stints with groups like Otahuhu and Auckland Sevens earlier than he moved to Australia. Kelly relocated to Sydney the place he performed for West Harbour within the Shute Defend.
Kelly Meafua was additionally a member of the NSW Waratahs prolonged coaching squad in 2014 earlier than leaving for France in 2015. Kelly had moved to the Montauban Rugby membership final 12 months.
First division French rugby staff Union Bordeaux Begles paid tribute to the rugby star and stated: “Our condolences to the household and family members of Kelly Meafua. Help for our Montalbanais pals, gamers, employees and supporters.”