World rugby in mourning following tragic death of young French Division 2 player
The passing of Louis Fajfrowski has hit the international rugby community hard.
Louis Fajfrowski passed away during a second division friendly match on Friday night. He was 21 years old.
The centre was taken off after 60 minutes following a heavy tackle while playing for PRO D2 side Aurillac.
According to a report from L'Equipe, he was stunned by the tackle but managed to get back to his feet with assistance. He then left the pitch and walked unaided to the changing rooms, accompanied by a doctor. There, he lost consciousness numerous times.
The emergency services arrived, but 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 Monday.
Le @SArugbyofficiel a la douleur de faire part du décès de Louis FAJFROWSKI, jeune joueur espoir. Louis est décédé à la suite d’un malaise dans le vestiaire lors d'un match amical.Le Stade Aurillacois est en deuil et ses membres adressent leurs sincères condoléances à sa famille.
— Stade Aurillacois Cantal Auvergne (@SArugbyofficiel) August 10, 2018
Roughly translated, the statement reads:
"Ithas the pain to share the death of Louis FAJFROWSKI, young player hope. Louis died as a result of discomfort in the locker room during a friendly match. The Aurillac stadium is in mourning and its members send their heartfelt condolences to his family."