Aurelien Rougerie tries to bust through the defence of Ma'a
Nonu (L) and Cory Jane during the World Cup final between
France and New Zealand at Eden Park in October 2011. Photo
Three French internationals who play for Clermont
Auvergne have been injured in a machete attack by a gang in
southern France, police say.
Aurelien Rougerie, Julien Pierre and Benjamin Kayser were
attacked by a 12-strong gang in Millau, southern France, in
the early hours of Sunday morning.
A club statement said none of the players' injuries were
life-threatening, adding that weapons used included machetes,
knives and swords.
The players had been to a nightclub and were walking back to
their hotel when they were set upon by the gang for no
apparent reason, police said, adding that no-one was detained
at the scene of the attack.
Pierre, who along with Rougerie was part of the France team
that lost the 2011 World Cup final, will have surgery on
"deep cuts" to his hip.
Clermont captain Rougerie, aged 33 and capped 77 times by his
country, and Kayser have injuries to their arms from the
attack in Millau, where the players were staying before
heading to a club training camp.
"We are deeply shocked and outraged by these acts and will
bring all the necessary support to local authorities who have
launched a probe," Clermont said in a statement.
Kayser, 29, has played 24 times for France and Pierre, 32,
has 27 caps.