If he will be one of the best assets of the Blues at the World Cup next September, Antoine Dupont could then put the XV of France on hold…
Antoine Dupont and the Toulousains celebrated with dignity the 22nd title of champion of France won by the Rouge et Noir. However, the celebrations should not drag on for the tricolor scrum half. The native of Lannemezan indeed has an appointment in a week to start preparation for the World Cup which will begin on September 8.
The summer of 2024 could be just as busy for the captain of the Blues. Like Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Dupont would indeed like to participate in the 2024 Olympic Games. And the case seems to be well underway. To believe The Parisian, discussions have indeed recently been held between the various parties and the French Rugby Federation as the Stade Toulousain would have been convinced. Recently elected head of the FFR, Florian Grill was enthusiastic: “Totally, we are lucky to have the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, so if Antoine Dupont offers us his person to be our standard bearer and our torch, it would be great for French rugby”, thus entrusted the new boss of French rugby.
Ready to give up on the Tournament
“Didier Lacroix (the president of Stade Toulousain) is for it. We talked about it and he’s OK on the subject, he continued. Antoine Dupont has a keen sense of the interest of the country and of rugby and there, both are at stake. We must first develop rugby sevens because he is not yet of age in the clubs , but that Antoine Dupont wants to come and play is a phenomenal opportunity for rugby. » A participation of Antoine Dupont in the tournament of rugby 7 would nevertheless have serious consequences for the Frenchman.
Antoine Dupont would also be ready to put the XV of France on hold and miss the next Tournament of the 6 Nations then the summer tour in Argentina to be able to prepare for the Olympic tournament. The captain of the Blues would have in mind to play at least two tournaments of the world circuit of rugby at 7 in order to familiarize himself with a discipline which he has not practiced since his adolescence. And by sacrificing the Blues, he would not penalize Stade Toulousain, his employer.
Only Fabien Galthié could have it bad…