The Press

Fly­ing French wing dies


Christophe Do­minici, who lit up French rugby from the wing at the turn of the cen­tury, has died, aged 48. His for­mer club, Stade Fran­cais Paris, an­nounced his death yes­ter­day with­out giv­ing fur­ther de­tails. The charis­matic Do­minici played 67 times from France over a decade to 2007 and scored 25 tries, among them one of the most sto­ried in World Cup his­tory. Dur­ing the 1999 semi­fi­nal against New Zealand at Twickenham, while chas­ing a box kick from half­back Fa­bien Galthie, Do­minici caught the All Blacks by sur­prise when he per­fectly judged the bounce, grabbed the ball with his right hand and tore past two de­fend­ers to score be­tween the posts. France won against the odds 43-31. He was also in the France team that up­set the All Blacks in the 2007 World Cup quar­ter­fi­nals.

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