Jordan Michallet dead at 29: French rugby in mourning as Rouen fly-half passes away suddenly and club pays tribute

FRENCH rugby player Jordan Michallet has sadly died aged 29.

His passing was confirmed in a statement by second-division side Rouen, who Michallet played flyhalf for.

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They announced: “The Rouen Normandie Rugby family is deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dear Jordan Michallet.

“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.”

Michallet also represented Bourgoin and Grenoble and was a France Under-18 international.

In his three years at the club, he played a major part in Rouen's rise to the second tier of French rugby.

The club are set to mark his tragic passing in their next match on Friday at home against Carcasonne.

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Grenoble coach Sylvain Begon, who worked with 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."

France rugby posted on Instagram: "The rugby family is bereaved today after the death of @rouen_normandie_rugby player Jordan Michallet.

"Our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones."

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