A minute of silence ahead of France’s clash with Italy at the Stade de France on Saturday in memory of 1999 World Cup star Christophe Dominici.
A minute of silence will be held in memory of Christophe Dominic, who died tragically at the age of 48, ahead of France’s Autumn National Cup match against Italy at Stade de France on Tuesday.
Dominic, who won 67 caps for the Les Blues and reached the final of the 1999 World Cup, was confirmed dead Tuesday by former club Stade Franois.
French players wear a unique sleeve with only the word ‘domi’ inscribed on one sleeve.
Former club Stade Franois confirmed the tragic death of Christophe Dominici on Tuesday
A minute of silence will be held in Stade de France on Saturday in memory of Dominic, who died at the age of 48.
A large banner in memory of Dominici will also be unveiled inside the stadium.
The BBC reports that on Tuesday a witness was seen falling on the roof of a disused building in the Park de Saint-Cloud near Paris.
“It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Christophe Dominic,” Stade Franois said in a statement.
The French Rugby Federation said, “He has left his mark on the entire rugby generation. ‘Today the rugby family has lost a legend, a symbolic player who was brutally lost.’
Before retiring after the 2007 World Cup, Dominic played 67 matches for France
Dominici made a formidable effort against New Zealand in the 1999 World Cup semi-final
Dominic surpasses his famous attempt against the All Blacks in 1999
In the 1999 World Cup semi-finals, Dominici scored a stunning attempt against New Zealand, inspired by Jonah Lomu, and was recognized as the greatest game in the history of the Rugby World Cup.
Before making an incredible comeback, the Les Blues trailed 24-10 at Twickenham, scoring 43 points with just seven points and a stunning 43-31 victory.
The Wallabies defeated them 35-12 in the final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Dominici Welsh eliminates Welsh talk at the Six Nations in Stade de France in 2007
Dominici also represented his country at the 2003 and 2007 World Cups. He became infamous in 2003 after receiving a yellow card for a poor trip to Jason Robinson in the semi – final against England in Sydney.
She won four Six Nations titles with the Les Blues in 1998 and 2004, including two Grand Slams.
He ended his international career in 2007 after defeating Argentina in a bronze medal match at the tournament in France.
Irish legend Brian Odriscole tweeted his disbelief at the sudden death of Dominici: ‘It is very sad to hear of the sudden death of Christoph Dominici.
A French player with great success throughout his career. Let him RIP. ‘
World Rugby posted a tribute to Dominic on Twitter: ‘France is the rugby legend and the greatest player of all time. Rest in Peace, Christoph Dominici. ‘