Brian O’Driscoll and Jonny Wilkinson have led the tributes to former France winger Christophe Dominici after he suddenly died suddenly at the age of 48.
Reports emerged in France of Dominici’s passing on Tuesday, with his former club, Stade Francais confirmed the news in a statement, saying: “It is with immense sadness that the Stade Francis learns of the death of Christophe Dominici”.
“The death of Christophe Dominici is terribly sad. We think of all his relatives. The world of sport has lost a true legend,” wrote Jonny Wilkinson.
Brian O’Driscoll added: “Very sad to hear of the sudden passing of Christophe Dominici. A French player full of flair with huge success throughout his career. May he RIP.”
The causes of death are yet unknown.
Dominci won 67 caps for his country in an international career that spanned nearly a decade.
The news was announced by Stade Francais, who said: “It is with immense sadness and heartbreak that Stade Francais Paris learn of the death of Christophe Dominici.
“During the 11 years spent in our colours, Christophe, thanks to his incredible talent and his class, greatly contributed to writing the legend of the club.
“An international 65 times, his exploits in the blue jersey have dazzled thousands of young rugby players and allowed the French team to write some of the most beautiful pages in its history.
“A rugby genius and peerless companion, he leaves a great void in our big family. Our hearts go out to his family, his partner Loretta, his daughters Chiara and Mia.”