April 13, 2024

Antoine Dupont, a huge outcry

Antoine Dupont is about to return to his first love. The man who won the first trophy of his rugby sevens career will be joining the French sevens team at the beginning of January, in preparation for the Olympic Games to be held in Paris next summer. After a first contact, the scrum-half will go back and forth between Les Bleus du VII and Stade Toulousain, and will skip the 6 Nat…

Antoine Dupont is about to return to his first love. The man who won the first trophy of his rugby sevens career will be joining the French sevens team at the beginning of January, in preparation for the Olympic Games to be held in Paris next summer. After a first contact, the scrum-half will go back and forth between Les Bleus du VII and Stade Toulousain, and will skip the 6 Nations Tournament, during which he will take part in a six-week training camp with the French 7s.

The decision has provoked a great deal of reaction, and while most observers are enthusiastic, some have voiced their regret. I respect his decision, it’s up to him. Until the last moment, I thought he would refuse. Why would he do that? Because the VI Nations is sacred, it’s the Holy Grail, it’s like refusing to eat caviar, lamented former international Denis Charvet, speaking on RMC, deploring the fact that he had been allowed to play in the VI Nations.ivity of the Federation: That’s more what bothers me. He’s the best player in the world today and he’s going to miss out on the best in international rugby.

I understand his approach to the Olympics, which will be held in France. But rugby at the Olympics is not the 100-meter dash. The resonance isn’t the same at all. He’s taking a huge risk, he added, adding: Of course he’s going to change the French 7-a-side team, because he’s extraordinary. Having played 7-a-side, I know that one player can change a team. From there to winning, no, they’re starting from very far away.