French rugby was in mourning on Saturday after the death of a young player during a second division friendly match on Friday – report Rugby 365.
Louis Fajfrowski, 21, collapsed in the changing room of his club Aurillac, the Pro D2 team announced on Twitter.
The centre was substituted in the 60th minute after a tackle in the match against Rodez.
Stunned, he got to his feet with assistance, then left the pitch and walked unaided to the changing rooms, accompanied by a doctor.
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 (@SArugbyofficiel) August 10, 2018
There he lost consciousness several times. Despite the arrival of the emergency services he passed away around 20.00 local time (18.00 GMT), according to La Montagne newspaper.
An official investigation has begun into the cause of death with an autopsy scheduled for Monday.
“We will find out why he died and if the tackle provoked his death,” the local prosecutor’s office said.
According to the prosecutor, when the player “left the pitch his condition did not appear to be alarming. He even wanted to return [to play] afterwards, but he then began to vomit”.
What a talent and an even better bloke & friend to me. Thinking of your family and all the Aurillac boys at this terrible time.
RIP Louis ?? pic.twitter.com/XeSVwxe2UG
— Kelvin Brown (@kelvinbrown1996) August 11, 2018
Tributes were made to the youngster, with French Rugby Federation chief Bernard Laporte saying he was “devastated”.
Fajfrowski joined Aurillac in 2015 after three seasons with Montpellier Herault’s youth team.