April 14, 2024

Dupont, the very bad news

It’s now official: Antoine Dupont will join the French Rugby Sevens team next January to kick-start his preparations for the Olympic Games. This means he will miss a number of matches with Stade Toulousain, both in the European Cup and the Top 14. His Toulousain team-mates, however, are not worried.

Toto’ is an incredible player. We’ll miss him, but Toulouse isn’t a one-ma…

It’s now official: Antoine Dupont will join the French Rugby Sevens team next January to kick-start his preparations for the Olympic Games. This means he will miss a number of matches with Stade Toulousain, both in the European Cup and the Top 14. His Toulousain team-mates, however, are not worried.

Toto’ is an incredible player. We’ll miss him, but Toulouse isn’t a one-man team. He’s gone off to chase his Olympic dream, but Paul Graou is a good player and he can replace him, Richie Arnold told L’Equipe. We have the ability to play and win without him. The players here are talented enough to win titles. He’s a monster, he can change the course of a match like that (he snaps his fingers) but I’m confident.

Another tournament in Madrid

A large part of Antoine Dupont’s preparation for Rugby Sevens will take place at a time when Les Bleus will be contesting the French Open.t the 6 Nations Tournament. A lesser evil for Stade Toulousain. Antoine will come into contact with the group in the first week of January. After that, he’ll be with us for a six-week cycle that will include two tournaments, first in Vancouver (February 23-25) and then in Los Angeles (March 2-3), explained Christophe Reigt, manager of the French Sevens team.

But the Tricolor captain will then go back and forth between the Rouge et Noir and the Bleus du VII. And this as the French champions enter the home stretch of their season. We have a training camp scheduled for April. Then we’ll switch to the end of May and preparation for the Madrid tournament (May 31-June 2), announced the Bleus du VII manager, adding: Every month, he’ll be with the group in training and in competition.

The Madrid leg, scheduled for the end of May, comes on the weekend of the clash between Stade Toulousain and La Rochelle, in the 25th (and penultimate) round of the French Open.rst) day of Top 14. A meeting that could prove decisive in the race for the top two places, or even in the battle for the playoffs. And the weekend before, the European Cup final is also scheduled…