Nov. 24 (Meslop) — Christophe Dominici, a former France worldwide rugby star, was discovered lifeless Tuesday close to Paris at 48, his former squad Stade Francais mentioned.

His physique was present in Parc de Saint-Cloud in France’s Hauts-de-Seine area, authorities mentioned.

“It’s with immense disappointment and deep heartbreak that Stade Francais Paris learns of the loss of life of Christophe Dominici,” a press release from Stade Francais mentioned. Dominici spent 11 years with the staff.

“A world 67 instances, his exploits within the blue jersey can have dazzled 1000’s of younger rugby gamers and allowed the French staff to write down a number of the most lovely pages in its historical past,” the staff mentioned. “A rugby genius and peerless companion, he leaves an amazing void in our large household.”

Dominici acquired accolades from around the globe who remembered him as one of many globe’s greatest rugby gamers of his period.

“Small in stature however a titan on the sphere, Christophe Dominici, we’ll always remember you,” mentioned certainly one of his principal rivals All Black in New Zealand. “Relaxation in peace, pricey pal.”

Irish Rugby mentioned: “Everybody in Irish Rugby is pondering of our associates in France Rugby following the desperately unhappy information of Christophe Dominici’s passing. We’re pondering notably of Christophe’s household, associates and former teammates at this unhappy time.”