Samoan back row forward Kelly Meafoa was killed Friday night after jumping off a bridge into the Tarn River, a source close to his club Mantobán told AFP, confirming reports in La Depeche du Midi.
Earlier in the evening, the 31-year-old played in his team’s victory over Narbonne in the second division of France with a score of 48-40.
According to several testimonies, Meafua celebrated with his teammates the last home game of the season at a nightclub in the city center before he was seen jumping from Pon Vie.
One of his teammates, French rapper Christopher Vaotoa, jumped into the water to help him.
Rescued by firefighters, Vaotoa was taken to hospital in a hypothermic condition before Meafua’s body was found Saturday morning.
Meafua played in the G7 for Samoa and first came to France to play for Narbonne in 2015. He returned to play for Bezier in 2018, and last season moved to Mantoban.
This season he has played 24 games in Pro2, scoring eight attempts.
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