Death of Christophe Dominici, figure of French rugby

He was one of the actors of a historic match of the XV of France. October 31, 1999, World Cup semi-final at Twickenham. What better place to mark rugby history. France takes water against the All Blacks. Lomu cleared a few Blues to plant two tries, one of which was at the very start of the second half. 24-10 for New Zealanders. The case seems folded. And then a mixture of French flair and spirit revives the Blues who come back to the score then pass in front thanks to Christophe Dominici who flattens in the in-goal in the 56th minute. The author of this historic essay died on Tuesday. He was 48 years old.

His body was found in the park of Saint-Cloud. He would have climbed on the roof of a disused building in the early afternoon before jumping, said a police source. According to a judicial source, who confirmed the player’s death, a witness saw the former player fall from 10 meters.

Pocket winger (1.72 m), Dominici had played 67 matches in the jersey of the France team. At a time when rugby was becoming a world of golgoths, he proved that there was still room on the pitch for men with “normal” measurements on the condition that they oppose intelligence, speed, and this mixture of the two that we call the vista. In addition to the France team, he had made the benefit of RC Toulon (his city of origin, 1993-1997) but especially the French Stadium (1997-2008) with which he had won five titles of champion of France at the time when the Parisian club rolled-compressed French rugby.

The most popular player of the France team after his exploit against the Blacks, he had accused a painful backlash in the form of a nervous breakdown that he had not tried to hide in a world where this kind of disease was taboo. His later career was less glorious between accusations of theft and violence brought against him this summer and his role as a driving force in the hazy failed operation to take over the Béziers club by an Emirati fund.

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