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Rugby Player Kelly Meafua Dead at 32 After Falling in French River

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The sports activities neighborhood is mourning the loss of a professional rugby participant.

Kelly Meafua, 32, fell into the Tarn river in Southern France through the early hours of Could 7 and didn’t survive, in line with a statement from his staff, the French rugby membership US Montauban.

Per CNN, Meafua’s tragic passing got here simply hours after his staff’s 48-40 victory over Narbonne. 

One among his teammates tried to rescue him however didn’t succeed, per the membership assertion. The teammate was taken to the hospital to deal with his hypothermia and was launched on Saturday morning in what the staff described nearly as good well being. 

“Your complete USM Sapiac membership is shocked by this tragedy, and has a thought for his spouse, his kids, his teammates, and extra usually, all membership lovers,” reads the staff assertion, translated from French. “Kelly was a participant very appreciated by all, his joie de vivre was infectious and radiant.”

All coaching has been suspended in the intervening time. 

A spokesman for US Montauban informed the outlet are investigating the loss of life. 

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