The center of the fifteen of France and Racing 92 Virimi Vakatawa must put an end to his career as a professional rugby player, at the age of 30, for an evolutionary “cardiac anomaly”.
The day after the surprise announcement of his ban on playing in France, a very moving press conference took place this Tuesday noon at the headquarters of the Ile-de-France club in Plessis-Robinson (Hauts-de-Seine).
“He must stop his career in France for cardiological reasons […] A heart abnormality was detected before the 2019 World Cup in Japan. This anomaly, which is not linked to rugby, has been monitored but it is an evolving pathology. The risk has become too great”said Racing 92 doctor Sylvain Blanchard at a press conference.
“I have nothing broken, everything is fine. I’m going to stay not far from here, just to clear my head”
“I didn’t feel any symptoms or anything. I had a discussion with the doctor. I have nothing broken, everything is fine. I’m going to stay not far from here, just to clear my head”soberly declared the player, very moved, who paid tribute to the club, where he arrived from Fiji as a teenager. “I arrived at 17, I didn’t regret leaving my family at all. I know it was hard. I always tell young people that they were lucky to sleep here. There are Fijians who will still arrive, I want to help them. I really appreciated having so many people by my side. »
“The hardest part was announcing it to Virimi, then to the whole group. We know his importance within the group.
Laurent Travers, sporting director of Racing 92, was also moved. “The hardest thing is the length of time we had to wait. The hardest part was announcing it to Virimi, then to the whole group.he said. We know his importance within the group, Racing 92 and French rugby. Virimi is still there and will now be present on the sidelines. Virimi will have to build itself differently, with rugby, but differently. We talked a lot with him, and his but is to stay in France. He wants to be able to transmit with Racing 92. “