France: Tributes paid to Samoan Kelly Meafua

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A minute of applause will ring out across all the French Pro D2 pitches this weekend as a mark of respect to Montauban’s Kelly Meafua, who died at the weekend.

Meafua had been out partying with his team-mates when he jumped from a bridge into the River Tarn in Montauban, hours after his team’s home win over Narbonne concluded Montauban’s home fixture schedule.

Rescue attempt

Team-mate and prop Christopher Vaotoa jumped in afterwards to save him but was unsuccessful, and was subsequently taken to hospital with hypothermia.

“The entire club is shocked and everyone is thinking of his wife, his children, his teammates and more generally everyone who loves the club,” a club statement read.

“Kelly was a player who was well liked by everybody. His joy for life was infectious and radiant. Today we have lost a player, a friend and a brother.”

Several hundred fans congregated in the Stade Sapiac on Monday to pay an emotional tribute to a player whose popularity transcended his own team.

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