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Antoine Dupont: France captain prepared to make ‘sacrifices’ to fulfil Paris Olympics dream


Antoine Dupont playing for France
Antoine Dupont has made 52 appearances for France

France captain Antoine Dupont has vowed to make “sacrifices” in pursuit of his dream of enjoying on the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

He received the 2022 Six Nations Grand Slam however is ready to overlook subsequent yr’s versionexternal-link to arrange for the Olympics.

“Competing for an Olympic medal is actually motivating,” Dupont instructed Canal+.

Talking after being named the High 14’s participant of the season he added: “It has been some time that discussions have been underneath method for me to be made out there for this [Olympic] group.

“We’ll have to regulate issues. I will not be capable of play all of the matches each weekend till the tip of the season. Sacrifices should be made to have the ability to spend time with the group.”

The scrum-half, named participant of the Six Nations in 2020, 2022 and 2023, instructed French media final yr he has a “want” to take part on the Olympics.

The Toulouse participant will be a part of the sevens squad in January earlier than tournaments in Canada and Los Angeles.

Dupont’s most up-to-date look for France was in a 28-29 quarter-final defeat by eventual champions South Africa on the World Cup final month.

France have mechanically certified for the 2024 Olympics as they’re the host nation.

In the meantime, former Australia captain Michael Hooper introduced final week he has made the change to sevens.

“I am extraordinarily motivated by the problem of enjoying sevens and attempting to earn my method into this group,” mentioned Hooper.

The 32-year-old, who has performed 125 Assessments, was neglected of the worldwide squad on the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The 2024 Six Nations takes place 2 February to six March, earlier than the Paris Olympics from 26 July to 11 August.

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