Rugby player (19) dies in France after suffering from rare disease during training


USBPA Rugby in France has confirmed the death of accessory Nicolas Gigot, 19, who died in the wee hours of Saturday morning (July 18) after being struck by a rare disease during a club training session.The club wrote: “All the components of the USBPA Rugby, associative and professional section, offer their sincere condolences to the family of Nicolas Gigot, player of the Espoir des Violets, who died on the night of Friday July 17 to Saturday 18 July.”

The teenager had resumed training with the Bourg-en-Bresse club in mid-June and was jogging with his teammates in the Seillon forest, in Ain. He was stricken with hyperthermia and fulminant hepatitis. Extraordinary efforts were made to save her life, including the amputation of both her legs.

After fighting for his life for 32 days, the Belgian pillar died at the Croix-Rousse hospital in Lyon. The de Gigot family, originally from Belgium, had traveled to Bourg to be at their son’s bedside.

Gigot and his family had received a message of support from All Blacks legend Dan Carter, the Oyonnax Rugby Club and a host of French players, among others.

Carter wrote, “Hi Nicolas, this is Dan Carter. I know you are going through a terrible time, but I wanted you to know that I am thinking of you from New Zealand. Stay strong and all the best. Thank you my brother. “

The club demanded that his family’s privacy be respected.


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