Marc Dal Maso, Brive forwards coach, September 14, 2019 during a Top 14 match in Lyon.


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French rugby lived a black Tuesday.

If it was eclipsed by the death of Christophe Dominici, another bad news fell about a prominent former international, also a finalist of the 2019 World Cup. Since Tuesday evening, Marc Dal Maso has been on sick leave, in cause of the deterioration of his state of health, linked to Parkinson's disease from which the double winner of the Grand Slam with the XV of France (1997 and 1998) suffers.

[Press release] CA Brive announces the sick leave of Marc Dal Maso from this evening.

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- CABCLRUGBY (@CABCLRUGBY) November 24, 2020

It is the Brive club, where the 53-year-old former hooker occupies the function of forward coach, which published the information in a press release.

The CAB evokes "the symptoms [which] have worsened in recent weeks" and "a risky situation in view of the pandemic" to justify the decision taken by Dal Maso who "informed the general manager of the club Xavier Ric and the manager Jeremy Davidson this Tuesday ”.

A disease detected in 2012

The Landais with 33 selections, former player of Mont-de-Marsan, Agen, Colomiers, Pau and Perpignan, revealed in 2015, in

La Dépêche du Midi


Midi Olympique

, that he was suffering from Parkinson's disease, detected in 2012. This did not prevent him from continuing to work as a specialist scrum coach, especially with Japan, revelation of the 2015 World Cup, then in Toulon.

He has been working in Brive since the summer of 2019. “Like his career, Marc Dal Maso shows self-sacrifice and courage that command respect,” indicates the Corrèze club, currently 13th in the Top 14. He is a true example for all of us.




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