French professional rugby team Stade Français has released free European Champions Cup tickets in honour of an academy teenage player who passed away this week.

Nicolas Chauvin died following a serious injury in a Stade Français academy match against Bordeaux on Sunday.

The club confirmed on Wednesday that Chauvin had suffered a “cervical trauma that resulted in cardiac arrest and cerebral anoxia”.

The upcoming European Champions Cup match against Ospreys on Friday is open to everyone for no cost, as a tribute to the 19-year-old.

The team’s website read: “We will meet you at the opening of the gates at 1915 to honour the memory of Nicolas and support his family.”

According to Rugby Pass, the French Rugby Federation (FFR) will ensure a minute’s applause takes place before matches around the country this weekend.

The FFR also said it has requested an “exceptional meeting” with World Rugby as it hopes to continue an “evolution of the rules” in order to protect players.

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