Bronken on Wakatawa’s forced stoppage: ‘Better than the player who never got up’

Pierre-Henry Broncan
Pierre-Henri Bronken hails the LNR’s work for “monitoring professional rugby”. (©SG Power Act Rugby)

The news sent shockwaves through the world of French professional rugby. At the age of 30, French international Virimi Wakatawa was banned from continuing his professional playing career in France due to a heart condition. A notice returned by Castres’ manager, Pierre-Henri BronkenAs well as CO international winger, Geoffrey Pallis (31), evolved with Virimi Vakatava In two selections with the France XV in 2018.

“Thanks to rugby monitoring, it allows the sponsor to stop just rugby”

Gers-born technician and rugby legend Pierre-Henri Bronken spoke strongly and praised the National Rugby League’s medical committee for banning Virimi Wakatawa from continuing his career. “On Monday evening, I asked his compatriot Leon Nakarawa what the medical reasons were. I knew Vakatava was under surveillance since the 2019 World Cup We still have to thank the observation of professional rugby, which allows the advocate to stop only rugby, because it is only a sport. “, underlined the manager of the Tarn club, before continuing with a meaningless message:

When he has a heart problem, he must first be relieved to continue living, even if it curtails his passion and ends his career prematurely. Like any professional sport, rugby at the highest level can encounter these types of problems. I think he will turn the page even though it will be difficult, because ending your career without deciding is always complicated. But that’s better than a player who falls in the middle of the field and never gets up…

Pierre-Henri BronkenManager of Castres
Geoffrey Pallis
Castres winger Geoffrey Pallis praised Virimi Wakatawa’s career. (©SG Power Act Rugby)

Pallis: “Above all, we measure that everything ends very quickly”

Like his manager, the wing back from Castres, Geoffrey Pallis (age 31), Virimi responded to the forced and forced end of Wakatawa’s career. his Former teammate of France’s XVDuring his two caps in Blue against Ireland and Scotland in 2018, Wakatawa played on the left wing of France’s XV at fullback.

“Obviously it’s really weird because 30 is too early to stop playing rugby. Also, he’s a good-looking guy and a great player, so it makes a lot of noise in the rugby world. After all, we measure it It will all be over very quickly. As a result, we try to enjoy ourselves more when we know that the moments will pass quickly. You should know this. Unfortunately, a reality that has never been more apparent in professional rugby.

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