Death of Louis Fajfrowski after a Rugby Match: Tributes and Rirst Controversy

Louis Fajfrowski was 21 years old. He joined the Aurillac club in 2015

The death of the young Aurillac player (Pro D2), Louis Fajfrowski deeply hit the rugby world a few days before the kickoff of the new season.

To die at the age of 21 in the locker room of a stadium, on the sidelines of a match, is the sad fate of Louis Fajfrowski , who died of a heart attack in Aurillac, Friday, August 10, 2018.

Out of the field after a veneer that made him lose consciousness, he twice collapsed in the locker room of the stadium Jean-Alric Aurillac and twice regained consciousness. A third discomfort was fatal to him, the medical staff of the club then the SAMU, dispatched to the scene, unable to revive him.

All Ovalie cries …

Quickly, the information circulated in the small world of ovality mobilized, in this summer evening of August 10th, on many grounds for a series of friendlies to a week of the resumption of the championship of Pro D2 and a fortnight of the Top 14 . 

Bernard Laporte , president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) reacted via twitter:

Just like a very large number of professional and amateur clubs :

The hardness of the game

An autopsy will be held to determine the exact reasons for the death of the player, announced the Stade Aurillacois.

But already a number of supporters or players are opening the debate on the athletic dimension and the hardness of the game . 

Last January, the impressive K.-O. suffered by the young Clermont Samuel Ezeala , for his first game of Top 14, had already aroused a very strong emotion.

Ezeala was unconscious after hitting the first sound against Racing 92 Virimi Vakatawa at full speed.

The images of this shock and the sheets stretched by the medical staff to hide the details of the intervention had greatly impressed.

The warnings of Jean Chazal

The player has since resumed a normal life, according to him no more signs of concussion. “It’s good, but the next time, (a death) could happen,” warned Jean Chazal, neurosurgeon at the University Hospital of Clermont-Ferrand , who had participated in the medical reflection of the FFR and the League before to be dismissed early July.

A few months earlier, after a final phase of Top 14 marked by the violence of shocks, this professor had already sounded the alarm, saying fearing a death on the ground.

The world of rugby is slowly becoming aware of the danger of sport, even if this awareness is not the same for everyone. Bernard Laporte himself had estimated at the time that the KO. Ezeala was an “unfortunate” event.

Another case, that of Internation Wesley Fofana, also resident of the Clermont club. A few days ago,  Wesley Fofana said he almost “die on the ground or finish disabled” during a match in Pau in December 2017. 

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