French legend suffers heart attack scare

Former France great Serge Blanco, current president of Top 14 side Biarritz, underwent an operation on Monday after complaining of feeling unwell, former club president Marcel Martin said on Tuesday.

“Serge Blanco was hospitalised as a precaution on Sunday night and had what I would call a standard operation on Monday morning,” Martin told AFP.

“It wasn’t a heart attack, properly speaking,” Martin said, before adding that Blanco “responded well to the operation and is recovering well”.

Blanco, 50, was a stylish and innovative full-back who won 93 caps for his country in the 1980s and early 1990s.


He captained the French squad at the 1991 World Cup and still holds the record number of tries scored for his country at 38.

He was the director of France’s national rugby league for 10 years before leaving the post in December.


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