USAP scrum-half loses eye and licence

06th May 2014, 17:20

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Career over: Florian Cazenave

Career over: Florian Cazenave

Perpignan scrum-half Florian Cazenave was stripped of his French Rugby Federation licence on Monday after losing his eye.

French scrum-half Florian Cazenave was stripped of his French Rugby Federation (FFR) licence on Monday after losing his eye in a domestic accident.

The 24-year-old Perpignan half-back lost the eye after sustaining a bad injury in June last year, and following a lengthy rehabilitation process had been given the medical green light to resume playing.

But the FFR ruled against renewing his licence.

"The FFR rules are very clear: when you've lost a bilateral organ, there is a formal prohibition against practising rugby," said the FFR medical commission president Jean-Claude Peyrin.

"It is therefore impossible for Florian Cazenave to play rugby again in France, whether in the Top 14 or in the fourth division, as he cannot obtain a licence."

Cazenave had asked to wear special glasses, which are being tested by the International Rugby Board (IRB), but the FFR refused to test these in France.