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24 November 2020 20:35

Christophe Dominici France national rugby union team Stade Français

French rugby union star Christophe Dominici has died at the age of 48. The news was announced by Stade Français, for whom he played for 11 years, while he was capped 65 times by France between 1998 and 2007. A statement on stade.fr read: "It is with immense sadness and heartbreak that Stade Français Paris learn of the [death] of Christophe Dominici. During the 11 years spent in our colours, Christophe, thanks to his incredible talent and his class, greatly contributed to writing the legend of the club. "An international 65 times, his exploits in the blue jersey have dazzled thousands of young rugby players and allowed the French team to write some of the most beautiful pages in its history.

Our hearts go out to his family, his partner Loretta, his daughters Chiara and Mia." Dominici played for his hometown team of Toulon from 1993 and his performances on the wing there earned a move to Stade Français four years later. He helped the Parisian side win five French championships while he was one of the big stars of the 1999 Rugby World Cup, particularly in France's semi-final victory over New Zealand. France Rugby tweeted: "The great French rugby family is in mourning after the tragic death of our winger Christophe Dominici. We are thinking especially of his family and loved ones." Former Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll also expressed his condolences, writing on Twitter: "Very sad to hear of the sudden passing of Christophe Dominici. A French player full of flair with huge success throughout his career.

May he RIP." Former France international Christophe Dominici has died at the age of 48. The French Rugby Federation (FFR) and Dominici's former club Stade Francais confirmed the Bleus great had passed away on Tuesday, with no cause of death revealed. Versatile back Dominici, who operated on the wing or at full-back, won 67 caps for his country and scored 25 tries. The Toulon-born Dominici is France's second-highest Rugby World Cup try-scorer with eight, a tally only Vincent Clerc has bettered. The FFR tweeted: "The great French rugby family is in mourning after the tragic death of our winger Christophe Dominici, we are thinking especially of his family and loved ones." Dominici won the French title five times during a long, successful club career with capital club Stade, where he employed as a coach after retiring. The Top 14 club posted on Twitter: "It is with immense sadness and heartbreak that Stade Français Paris learned of the death of Christophe Dominici. "Rugby genius and peerless companion, he leaves a great void in our big family. Our thoughts are with his partner and his daughters." Governing body World Rugby also paid tribute to Dominici. "A legend of @FranceRugby and an all-time great of the game. Rest In Peace, Christophe Dominici," the organisation posted on social media.