France rugby ace Remy Grosso suffers double skull fracture as Les Bleus rage at New Zealand

FRANCE ace Remy Grosso faces a long spell on the sidelines after suffering a double skull fracture in a brutal tackle by New Zealand.

Les Bleus are raging after Grosso, 29, was illegally hit by Ofa Tu'ungafasi during the All Blacks' 52-11 thumping of Jacques Brunel's side.

 Remy Grosso was on the end of this sickening hit from the All Blacks duo

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Remy Grosso was on the end of this sickening hit from the All Blacks duo
 Ofa Tu'ungafasi and Sam Cane then ended up knocking heads in the tackle

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Ofa Tu'ungafasi and Sam Cane then ended up knocking heads in the tackle

Tu'ungafasi was not punished for the bash as he led in with the shoulder, while Grosso was going to ground with the ball.

Sam Cane already had his arms wrapped around the neck of Clermont-Auvergne winger and France claimed he should have seen yellow, while Tu'ungafasi should have seen red.

The winger had already scored the opening try of the game and as he got up, threw the ball at his opponent, before crouching down for a medical examination.

Grosso was immediately rushed to hospital and scans later revealed that he fractured his skull in two places.

 Grosso went down clutching his head after the tackle

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Grosso went down clutching his head after the tackle
 Replays showed that English referee Luke Pearce had a perfect view of the incident

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Replays showed that English referee Luke Pearce had a perfect view of the incident
 Grosso scored the opening try of the game as France started fast but it all unravelled after they suffered a yellow card

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Grosso scored the opening try of the game as France started fast but it all unravelled after they suffered a yellow card
 Grosso initially walked away from the collision but then got down on one knee while he was seen to by medical staff

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Grosso initially walked away from the collision but then got down on one knee while he was seen to by medical staff

The French were seething after Paul Gabrillagues was shown a yellow card and spent ten minutes in the sin bin with the away side at level pegging at 11-11.

And playing against 14 men, the All Blacks went and racked up the tries as they marched out of sight, with Reiko Ioane, Ben Smith, Codie Taylor and Beauden Barrett among the scorers.

Brunel said after the game: "The injury of Remy Grosso is quite serious.

"I don't know precisely what the problem is but he is in hospital.

"I think that the way he was hit by the All Blacks pair was illegal."

Tu'ungafasi tweeted afterwards: "Remy, I hope you are recovering well.

"It was a physical game and it wasn't my intention to hurt you.

"I'm also gutted that I didn't get to see you after the game and you weren't well for me to visit you in hospital this morning before we left but I hope to catch up soon brother."

Grosso will now return to France to recuperate.

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FRANCE ace Remy Grosso faces a long spell on the sidelines after suffering a double skull fracture in a brutal tackle by New Zealand.