Cazenave blocked from playing rugby after losing eye
May 6, 2014
Florian Cazenave's comeback bid has received a setback © Getty Images
Perpignan scrum-half Florian Cazenave has had his rugby comeback blocked by the French Rugby Federation after he lost an eye last year.
Cazenave sustained the injury in a domestic accident in July and after a lengthy period of rehabilitation he was hopeful of playing rugby again. But the French Rugby Federation has (FFR) has blocked these plans.
"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."
The IRB is currently testing special glasses which could see partially sighted players allowed to wear them during games but the FFR will not sanction these at present.
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