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Fijian rugby star killed in car crash

PERIGUEUX, France (AFP) –

Samueli Naulu (C), during the French Top 14 rugby match on February 18, 2006, at the Aime Giral Stadium in Perpignan

Samueli Naulu (C) is pictured during the French Top 14 rugby match on February 18, 2006 at the Aime Giral Stadium in Perpignan. Naulu was killed in a car crash on Saturday, local police and his club confirmed.

Fiji’s 2009 French championship winning wing Samueli Naulu was killed in a car crash on Saturday, local police and his club confirmed.

According to the police the 31-year-old, who was playing for fifth division side Bergerac, lost control of his car at around 0500GMT and hit a tree some 20km south of Bergerac.

Naulu, who played for Fiji’s Under-21 side, was switched to the wing from flanker on arriving at Perpignan in 2005 and was an impressive performer in their title winning season.

However, he left for Limoges a year later and after just a season there moved onto Bergerac.

There was a moving tribute paid to him by two of his fellow title winning team-mates now at Toulon.

Centre Maxime Mermoz and scrum-half Nicolas Durand displayed a banner saying: ‘Rest in peace Samueli’, before their Top 14 match with Stade Francais.

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