Machete attack victims to be sidelined for weeks

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 12:45 22/07/2014
Aurelien Rougerie
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FRANCE WING: Aurelien Rougerie.
Julien Pierre
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FRANCE LOCK: Julien Pierre.
Benjamin Kayser
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FRANCE HOOKER: Benjamin Kayser.

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The French test rugby stars injured in a weekend machete attack are expected to be sidelined for at least a month with their injuries.

Rugby club Clermont issued an update today after confirming its players, Julien Pierre, Aurelien Rougerie and Benjamin Kayser, had been taken to hospital following an attack in the streets of Milau where the team had been holding pre-season training.

The trio of French test players were set upon by up to a dozen men "armed with machetes, knives and swords" in the early hours of Sunday morning (local time) following reported problems at a nightclub in the southern French city.

Pierre, a lock, was in the most serious condition with deep cuts to his hips requiring surgery. The club confirmed today his operation was a success and anticipated him returning to training before September.

Kayser, a hooker, suffered cuts to his arm and hand in the attack. He faced four weeks on the sidelines.

Centre, and captain, Rougerie would be out for three to four weeks with his arm injuries.

Police were yet to release information on their investigation.

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