Six men who attacked a group of rugby stars with knives and machetes outside a nightclub were Wednesday sentenced to between one and four years in prison.
Clermont hooker Benjamin Kayser and centre and skipper Aurelien Rougerie suffered minor arm injuries while lock forward Julien Pierre suffered the brunt of the attack with deep slashes to his hips.
A court in Rodez, northeast of Toulouse in southern France, heard how the three players were set upon by around a dozen men, some riding scooters, and wielding knives, machetes and swords in the terrifying assault outside the nightspot in Millau.
The six defendants, all residents of Millau, were convicted of “violence with arms”, with aggravating circumstances such as premeditation for the “brutal” attack in the early hours of July 20, 2014.
The three French internationals still play for Clermont, with Rougerie captaining the side.