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5 Rugby Players Who Spent Time in Jail

Marc Cecillon, the former French rugby captain who served seven years in prison for murdering his wife while drunk, has been ordered back behind bars after a night of drunk driving, violence and theft today.

Known as “the Quiet Man” of French rugby, Cecillon captained the national side five times during a career that brought 46 caps in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Here are five rugby players who have spent some time of their life in jail, in no particular order.

1. Marc Cécillon


On 10 November 2006, Cécillon, a former France captain, was found guilty of murdering his wife and sentenced to 20 years in prison, five more years than the prosecution had sought. The sentence was reduced to 14 years on appeal before he was released on parole in 2011.

Earlier this month a judge in Perpignan, southern France, sentenced Cecillon to 12 months in jail, with six months suspended, after a night of violence in August at a vineyard where he was helping with the grape harvest, according to the local L’Independant news site.

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