Updated: Tuesday, 06 May 2014 23:41 | By Agence France-Presse

French scrum-half Cazenave loses eye and licence

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


French scrum-half Cazenave loses eye and licence

Perpignan's Florian Cazenave clears the ball out of a scrum during the French Top 14 match against Castres in Perpignan, southern France, on August 26, 2011 - by Raymond Roig

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.

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