Stade Francais are offering fans free entry to tonight's European Challenge Cup clash against Ospreys as a tribute to academy player Nicolas Chauvin, who died this week.

Chauvin, 19, suffered a broken neck after a tackle early in a youth match at Bordeaux on Sunday. The injury led to Chauvin suffering a cardiac arrest and cerebral anoxia.

He underwent emergency surgery, but the club confirmed he died on Wednesday in hospital.

Announcing free entry to the match at Stade Jean-Bouin, a statement on the club website read: "We will meet you at the opening of the gates at 1915 (local time) to honour the memory of Nicolas and support his family."

European Professional Club Rugby offered its condolences to Chauvin's family, and said a minute's silence would be observed before the kick-offs of this weekend's Champions Cup, Challenge Cup and Continental Shield fixtures.