France and Racing 92 centre Virimi Vakatawa is not allowed to play in France because of a heart condition, say his club. Check out full news.
Virimi Vakatawa : Injury | Heart condition | Net worth
Virimi Vakatawa (born 1 May 1992) is a Fijian-Born former French rugby union player who played as a centre or a wing for Racing 92 and the French national team.
|Birth name||Virimi Vakatawa|
|Date of birth||1 May 1992|
|Place of birth||Rangiora, New Zealand|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||99 kg (218 lb)|
Arrived in France in 2010 and having obtained a French passport, he joined the France sevens team in 2014 before playing for the France national rugby union team since 2016 and the Six Nations Championship.
He holds Fijian citizenship and started rugby with his hometown club at 9 years old.
Then he joined Nasinu Secondary School, a famous rugby playing school in Fiji.
He played both rugby league and rugby union before joining the Fiji national under-19 rugby union team at 17 years old.
In a statement, the Parisian club said that it was “particularly saddened by this terrible news”,
They added: “Racing 92 gives its full support to Virimi Vakatawa and immediately puts in place all the measures to support its emblematic player as best as possible in these particularly difficult times.”
Racing confirmed that the medical committee of the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) had forbidden the powerful centre from continuing to play professional rugby in France.
The player, along with Racing’s sporting director Laurent Travers and president Jacky Lorenzetti, will attend a press conference on Tuesday at 12noon.
He struggled with a knee injury last season and did not feature in his country’s Six Nations Grand Slam win earlier this year.
Vakatawa Heart condition
Virimi Vakatawa has been forced to end his professional rugby career in France due to ” cardiological reasons”, Racing 92’s team doctor has confirmed.
In a bombshell announcement on Monday, the French side confirmed the Fijian-born centre had been forced to end his professional career.
The statement referenced an unspecified medical condition, but didn’t give the actual reasons for the decision. Further clarity has now emerged, which has sent shockwaves through French rugby.
During a press conference on Tuesday, it was revealed that a “cardiac anomaly” had been spotted in the player ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
His condition has now been described by Racing 92 as “a pathology likely to put him in danger within the framework of a sports practice at high intensity”.
Virimi Vakatawa’s income source is mostly from being a successful .
|Net Worth||$1 Million|
|Salary in 2020||Under Review|
|Net Worth in 2019||Pending|
|Salary in 2019||Under Review|
His estimated Net Worth is around $1 Million.