France rugby legend Christophe Dominici dies suddenly aged 48

Legendary former France winger Christophe Dominici has died suddenly at the age of 48.

Dominici scored 25 tries in 67 matches for Les Bleus from 1998 to 2007 and played for La Valette, Toulon and Stade Francais at club level.

He announced himself on the global stage at the 1999 World Cup with his searing pace and trickery and starred as France beat New Zealand before losing out to Australia in the final.

Dominici went on to represent his country at both the 2003 and 2007 World Cups and was a near ever-present member of France’s Six Nations squads during his peak years.

Crossing over 25 times for France, Dominici is his nation’s seventh highest try scorer of all-time.

After calling time on his playing career, Dominici worked as a coach at Stade Francais and later became a board member in the 2009/10 season.

Ireland great Brian O’Driscoll was among the many to pay tribute to Dominici on social media.

‘Very sad to hear of the sudden passing of Christophe Dominici,’ he tweeted.

A French player full of flair with huge success throughout his career.

‘May he RIP.’

More to follow.

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