April 14, 2024

Dupont faces the Springboks, it’s decided!

Three weeks ago, France lost their captain to a Namibian stamp, with the fear that the world’s best scrum-half would not be back on the pitch during the World Cup. Antoine Dupont underwent surgery for a maxillo-zygomatic fracture, but returned to training a fortnight later. And here he is, fit for action with a week to go, ready to take on the formidable Springboks in the quarter…

Three weeks ago, France lost their captain to a Namibian stamp, with the fear that the world’s best scrum-half would not be back on the pitch during the World Cup. Antoine Dupont underwent surgery for a maxillo-zygomatic fracture, but returned to training a fortnight later. And here he is, fit for action with a week to go, ready to take on the formidable Springboks in the quarter-finals of the international showpiece.

Antoine is at 100% of his ability, said French forwards coach William Servat to the press on Wednesday. Four days before the clash. Antoine is doing very well. He’s always been involved, even when he was on a rest period, as he needed to recuperate at home. And even during that period, Antoine remained involved in the team’s strategic and technical choices, with the little changes we made to the game. He remained involved from start to finish, even from a distance. He is even more concerned now that he’s back with us. He takes a very active part in all the training sessions, all the videos, everything that makes up the French team’s game.

If he’s 100%…

This Wednesday, the Stade Toulousain player took part in a more muscular opposition than the day before, taking care to avoid severe impacts, particularly in the defensive phase. On Tuesday, Laurent Labit, Les Bleus’ attacking coach, confessed: If Antoine is on the pitch on Sunday, it’s because he’s at 100% of his mental and physical potential. When he’s at 100%, it’s difficult to mark him individually. 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 box him to know if he can play on Sunday. All the planets already seem to be in alignment.to aligned!