Ex-NSW Waratahs star rugby player dies after jumping off a bridge in France in tragic accident
Former NSW Waratahs star Kelly Meafua has died after jumping from a bridge in France just hours after playing a match, despite a teammate’s desperate attempts to save his life.
The 32-year-old leapt from the Pont-Vieux bridge into the River Tarn in the south of the country on Saturday, Australian time, while celebrating his Montauban club’s victory over Narbonne.
He was with teammates when he jumped into the water from a height of more than 20 metres, according to French news reports.
Kelly Meafua (with ball) was celebrating with teammates when he leapt into a river from a height of at least 20 metres and did not survive
The Union Sportive Montauban Sapiac team posted a tribute to him online.
‘U.S.M. Sapiac painfully announces the death of Kelly Meafua on the night of Friday to Saturday,’ the club statement said.
‘One of his teammates tried to rescue him, without success.’
More to come.