Former France rugby star Christophe Dominici has died on the age of 48, it was introduced right now.
His former membership, Stade Francais, posted an announcement on their web site confirming the information.
Dominici was capped 65 occasions by France over a global profession that spanned from 1998 and 2007.
A press release on stade.fr learn: “It’s with immense unhappiness and heartbreak that Stade Francais Paris be taught of the (demise) of Christophe Dominici.
“Through the 11 years spent in our colors, Christophe, because of his unimaginable expertise and his class, enormously contributed to writing the legend of the membership.
“A global 65 occasions, his exploits within the blue jersey have dazzled 1000’s of younger rugby gamers and allowed the French workforce to jot down a number of the most lovely pages in its historical past.
“Rugby genius and peerless companion, he leaves an incredible void in our massive household. Our hearts exit to his household, his accomplice Loretta, his daughters Chiara and Mia.”
Dominici performed for his hometown workforce of Toulon from 1993 and his performances on the wing there earned a transfer to Stade Francais 4 years later.
He helped the Parisian facet win 5 French championships whereas he was one of many massive stars of the 1999 Rugby World Cup, notably in France’s semi-final victory over New Zealand.
France Rugby tweeted: “The nice French rugby household is in mourning after the tragic demise of our winger Christophe Dominici. We’re pondering particularly of his household and family members.”
Former Eire captain Brian O’Driscoll additionally expressed his condolences, writing on Twitter: “Very unhappy to listen to of the sudden passing of Christophe Dominici. A French participant filled with aptitude with enormous success all through his profession. Could he RIP.”