Saturday 22 July 2017

Six men jailed for attacking French rugby stars with 'knives, machetes and swords'

Aurelien Rougerie of Clermont during the French Top 14 match between Clermont and Bayonne at Stade Marcel Michelin on February 18, 2017 in Clermont-Ferrand, France. (Photo by Romain Lafabregue/Icon Sport)
Aurelien Rougerie of Clermont during the French Top 14 match between Clermont and Bayonne at Stade Marcel Michelin on February 18, 2017 in Clermont-Ferrand, France. (Photo by Romain Lafabregue/Icon Sport)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A group of men who attacked three French rugby stars have been sentenced to between one and four years in prison.

Aurelien Rougerie, Julien Pierre and Benjamin Kayser, who play for Clermont in the Top 14, were attacked outside a nightclub in Millau, France, in July 2014. Six defenders were convicted in a court in Rodez today for 'violence with arms'.

The court heard how after a verbal altercation, the group of men attacked the rugby players with knives, machetes and swords. The Clermont team were in Millau for a training camp.

The three French internationals still play for Clermont, with Rougerie captaining the side.

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