Former France winger Christophe Dominici dies aged 48

Paola Ditto
Novembre 24, 2020

Former French rugby worldwide Christophe Dominici has been found dead at the age of 48 in a park near Paris, police and other sources said Tuesday.

"During the 11 years spent under our colors, Christophe has, thanks to his incredible talent and class, greatly contributed to writing the legend of the club".

It added: "A rugby genius and an unparalleled companion, he leaves a great void in our great family. Our thoughts go out to his family, his partner Loretta, his daughters Chiara and Mia".

Having burst onto the global scene when he notched a try on his debut against England in 1998, Dominci went on to feature in the famous World Cup semi-final win over the All Blacks the following year.

The game is regarded as one of the best in the history of the tournament, but France lost to Australia in the final.

The causes of death are yet unknown.

CNN has reached out to the Nanterre Prosecutor's Office for comment.

Reports emerged in France of Dominici's passing on Tuesday, with his former club, Stade Francais confirmed the news in a statement, saying: "It is with huge sadness that the Stade Francis learns of the death of Christophe Dominici". He started his career with Toulon before moving to Stade Francais in 1997.

He won five French national titles with Stade Francais and four Six Nations titles with Les Bleus, including two Grand Slams in 1998 and 2004.

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