Tuesday 22 January 2019

'Stade Francais is in mourning' - Tributes pour in after teenager dies following heart attack during rugby match

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A 19-year-old rugby player with the Stade Francais academy team has died after suffering a broken neck and a heart attack during a game last weekend.

Nicolas Chauvin sustained the injuries after suffering a heavy tackle against Bordeaux-Begles and was subsequently rushed to hospital. An operation was carried out on his neck injury, but Stade Francais have tonight announced that Chauvin passed away following 'cardiac arrest and cerebral anoxia'.

"It is with great sadness that the Stade Français Paris announces the death of Nicolas Chauvin, young hopeful of the club, who died tonight at CHU Pellegrin in Bordeaux," the club said in a statement.

"Following an accident at the Espoirs game in Bègles, Nicolas suffered a cervical trauma that resulted in cardiac arrest and cerebral anoxia.

"Today, all our thoughts are with the family of Nicolas to whom all the members of the club send their most sincere condolences.

"Stade Français Paris is in mourning."

A number of French rugby clubs, including Toulouse and Toulon, have since posted tributes to the tragic teenager on social media, as have a number of others.

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