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French rugby player Jordan Michallet dead at 29

By Ian Cameron
(Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

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PRO D2 side Rouen are in mourning following the sudden death of club flyhalf – 29-year-old Jordan Michallet.

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Michallet was reportedly seen falling from a height at a building site in the region.

Emergency services were unsuccessful in attempts to revive him. It is believed had been involved in a road traffic incident earlier that day.

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His death is being treated as a personal tragedy by French police.

“The Rouen Normandie Rugby family is deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dear Jordan Michallet,” a club statement read. “This awful news plunges the whole club into immense pain. The management and the whole club are joining forces with his family in this terrible ordeal.”

The club are set to mark his passing in their next match on Friday – which is against Carcasonne.

A former French age-grade star, he had enjoyed spells at Grenoble, Strasbourg and Bourgoin. Recently married and set to be a father, Michallet had just signed a three year contract extension with Rouen.

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Grenoble coach Sylvain Bégon, who coached Michallet in his younger days said: “It’s awful. Terrible! My first thoughts are with his family, his club, and all his old buddies. It’s a real shock.”

“He was a determined boy who was easy to train. He was asking himself the right questions”.

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