A Samoan rugby player died after jumping 20 feet from a bridge in France to celebrate a win.

Kelly Meafua, a Samoan rugby player, died tragically at the age of 31 after jumping from a bridge in France just hours after playing a game.

The back rower was playing for Montauban in the French second division at the time of the event, and was celebrating a 48-40 win over Narbonne.

According to sources, he had been enjoying the team’s final home game of the season before leaping from a height of more than 20 meters into the Tarn River.

Christopher Vaotoa, a teammate, went into the water to look for Meafua but was transported to the hospital with hypothermia before his death was discovered early Saturday morning.

“USM Sapiac regrets to inform you of Kelly Meafua’s death on the night of Friday to Saturday. “One of his teammates attempted but failed to save him,” the club said in a statement.

“After being admitted to the hospital for hypothermia, he was released in good health this morning. Training has been halted till further notice.

“The entire USM Sapiac club is devastated by this tragedy, and our thoughts are with his wife, children, teammates, and, more broadly, all club supporters.” Kelly was a player who was well-liked by all; his joy was contagious and contagious.

Meafua played for West Harbour in the Shute Shield and the Greater Sydney Rams in the National Rugby Championship after moving to Sydney.

In 2018, he also played for the Waratahs in the Global Tens tournament, but he never appeared in a Super Rugby match for the NSW team.

Meafua was a sevens player for Samoa and first arrived to France in 2015 to play for Narbonne. In 2018, he returned to Beziers before moving to Montauban last season.

He played 24 games in Pro2 this season, scoring eight tries.

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