April 13, 2024

Antoine Dupont, the staff’s big announcement

Doubt is no longer allowed. Antoine Dupont will lead the French XV on Sunday against the Springboks. Since receiving the go-ahead from the surgeon who operated on him, the Toulouse scrum-half has been training normally, and the only remaining suspense now concerns the helmet he might wear against South Africa to protect himself from possible head contact.

His presence seems…

Doubt is no longer allowed. Antoine Dupont will lead the French XV on Sunday against the Springboks. Since receiving the go-ahead from the surgeon who operated on him, the Toulouse scrum-half has been training normally, and the only remaining suspense now concerns the helmet he might wear against South Africa to protect himself from possible head contact.

His presence seems to be a foregone conclusion, however, and the Tricolor staff are resolutely optimistic about his state of fitness after almost three weeks without playing. If Antoine is on the pitch on Sunday, it’s because he’s at 100% of his mental and physical capacity. When he’s at 100%, it’s difficult to mark him individually. But for us, he’s a player like any other. He’s certainly an important player, but we also have others to keep an eye on, explained Laurent Labit, the coach of the Tricolor attack, in comments relayed by Rugbyrama.

I’m not worried about him physically, he’s hardly stopped, there’s no problem. If the surgeon gave the go-ahead on Monday, it’s because he considers that everything is in place. There’s no need to have him boxed to know if he can play on Sunday, he added, adding: Antoine has received medical clearance. Today, what interests us is that he reconnects with our game, with the team.

The former forward also mentioned the possibility of Antoine Dupont wearing a helmet. We tested it to see what it would do, to see if it would protect him well or not. We wanted to check whether his vision was impaired. And his hearing too, even if Rueil-Malmaison didn’t have the same noise and atmosphere as the Stade de France. We tried it with or without. A decision will be taken at the end of the week, he explained.