Marc Cecillon, the former French 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, legal sources said on Tuesday.
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.
But problems with alcohol and depression followed his exit from the game. At a barbecue in 2004 he shot his wife Chantal five times with a .357 Magnum in front of guests following an argument.
He was sentenced to 20 years in prison but freed 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.