PARIS. — French rugby was in mourning on Saturday after the death of a young player during a second division friendly match on Friday night.
Louis Fajfrowski (21) died in the changing room of his club Aurillac, the Pro D2 team announced on Twitter.
The centre was substituted in the 60th minute after a tackle in the match against Rodez.
Stunned, he got to his feet with assistance, then left the pitch and walked unaided to the changing rooms, accompanied by a doctor.
There he lost consciousness several times. Despite the arrival of the emergency services he passed away around 20:00 local time, according to La Montagne newspaper.
An official investigation has begun into the cause of death with an autopsy scheduled for today.