Ivory Coast at the Rugby World Cup
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Their appearance in the 1995 Rugby World Cup was fairly notorious and controversial. In the opening game against Scotland, the Ivory Coast lost by 89 points to nil, a result which led many to question the inclusion of "minor" teams in the tournament. Worse still, three minutes into the third match, against Tonga, their winger Max Brito was crushed beneath several other players. Despite intensive care, Brito was left paralyzed below the neck. He had caught a high ball that had been kicked up the field, and set off on a counter-attack. He was tackled by Inoke Afeaki, the Tonga flanker, before a ruck formed over him. The ruck collapsed and several players fell on top of Brito, leaving him prone and motionless on the ground. Brito was taken to the intensive care unit of the Unitas Hospital in Pretoria with broken vertebrae. Operations were carried out to stabilize the fourth and fifth vertebrae, but Brito was left paralyzed below the neck.
In a 2007 interview, Brito was portrayed as living an unhappy life. He was quoted as saying that
|“||...It is now 12 years since I have been in this state. I have come to the end of my tether... If one day I fall seriously ill, and if I have the strength and courage to take my own life, then I will do it...This bloody handicap - it's my curse. It kills me and I will never accept it. I can't live with it and it's going to be with me for the rest of my life."||”|
Brito's injury raised concerns about the presence of such teams in a rugby union environment on the brink of professionalisation.
- 1987 Rugby World Cup Not invited
- 1991 Rugby World Cup Did not qualify.
- 1995 Rugby World Cup Eliminated in pool stages
- 1999 Rugby World Cup Did not qualify.
- 2003 Rugby World Cup Did not qualify.
- 2007 Rugby World Cup Did not qualify.
Pool D matches -
26 May 1995
|Ivory Coast||0 – 89||Scotland|
|Tries: G. Hastings (4), Logan (2), Walton (2), Wright, Chalmers, Stanger, Burnell, Shiel
Con: G. Hastings (9)
Pen: G. Hastings (2)
30 May 1995
|France||54 – 18||Ivory Coast|
|Tries: Lacroix (2), Benazzi, Téchoueyres, Viars, Accoceberry, Saint-André, Costes
Con: Deylaud (2), Lacroix (2)
Pen: Lacroix (2)
|Tries: Soulama, Camara
Pen: Kouassi (2)
3 June 1995
|Ivory Coast||11 – 29||Tonga|
Pen: Dali (2)
|Tries: 'Otai, Tu'ipulotu, Latukefu
Con: Tu'ipulotu (3)
- Côte d'Ivoire player Max Brito was left a quadriplegic after suffering a cervical spine injury in this match.
- Highest Team Score
- Biggest Score Against
- Worst Losing Margin
- Most Points
- Most Points in a Game
- 8 Victor Kouassi vs France
- 6 Athanase Dali vs Tonga
- 5 Soumaila Okou vs Tonga
- 5 Aboubakar Camara vs France
- 5 Soulama vs France
- Most Tries
- Most Drop Goals
So far the Ivory Coast has not hosted any World Cup games.
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