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Why France captain Antoine Dupont will side-step Six Nations and High 14 to play sevens regardless of being one of many world’s greatest gamers in 15-a-side sport


  • Antoine Dupont is considered the most effective participant on the earth within the 15-a-side sport
  • He was named French nationwide participant of the 12 months and TOP14 participant of the 12 months 
  • Dupont will miss Six Nations to characteristic in France sevens workforce on world circuit 

Antoine Dupont admitted the ‘legendary’ lure of bidding for Olympic glory on house soil was one thing he couldn’t ignore after revealing his causes for transferring into sevens rugby.

France captain and scrum-half Dupont is extensively considered the most effective participant on the earth within the 15-a-side sport however is making the transfer to his sport’s shorter format.

Dupont will miss this 12 months’s Six Nations with France and blend taking part in together with his membership Toulouse with that includes for his nation’s sevens workforce on the world circuit.

‘I nonetheless have ambitions in 15’s. I do not wish to retire from the game simply but,’ stated the 27-year-old, who was unable to cease France exiting this 12 months’s World Cup on the quarter-final stage.

‘I will be taking part in within the play-offs with Toulouse. I can spend time with sevens but additionally hold my goals with Toulouse. I hope to be lifting the TOP 14 trophy once more.

Antoine Dupont is widely regarded as the best player in the world in the 15-a-side game

Antoine Dupont is extensively considered the most effective participant on the earth within the 15-a-side sport

‘We have been attempting for a number of months with the membership, the federation and France Sevens to present me the chance and the sources to attempt to participate in these Olympics.

‘I now hope to carry out nicely. For any sports activities fan, the Olympics stay legendary.

‘The actual fact we’re internet hosting the Video games in France means it is going to be an unbelievable social gathering to hopefully be part of.

‘To have the ability to hopefully problem for an Olympic medal is extremely motivating for me.’

Paris will host the 2024 Olympics a 12 months after internet hosting rugby’s 15-a-side World Cup.

Dupont will begin coaching with France’s sevens workforce in January. His resolution to step away from the Six Nations is a giant blow to his nation’s nationwide head coach Fabien Galthie.

Dupont will miss the Six Nations to feature in theFrance sevens team on the world circuit

Dupont will miss the Six Nations to characteristic in theFrance sevens workforce on the world circuit

‘I’ll must make sacrifices to spend time with this workforce and get used to this particular sport and self-discipline,’ stated Dupont.

‘I’m hoping to be at my peak and problem on the Olympics.’

On Monday night time, Dupont was named each French nationwide participant of the 12 months and TOP14 participant of the 12 months at a glittering awards ceremony in Paris.

Sonny Invoice Williams, Bryan Habana and Justin Tipuric are three examples of gamers who’ve moved from 15-a-side rugby to sevens however it’s uncommon to see it occur given the transition is just not simple. Dupont admitted it is going to take time for him to adapt to the shorter format regardless of his undoubted class.

‘At first of January there can be an off-the-cuff meet-up with the sevens group so I can get to know everybody,’ he stated.

‘If you see the trouble the game calls for, I am going to definitely want a time frame to adapt. I have never thought of altering basically. My sport has advanced and my persona has too.’

Dupont’s upcoming switch is definitely a lift for sevens rugby which doesn’t have wherever close to the identical reputation as the complete sport.

Dupont was named both French national player of the year and TOP14 player of the year

Dupont was named each French nationwide participant of the 12 months and TOP14 participant of the 12 months

But it surely additionally robs France 15-a-side coach Galthie of one in every of rugby’s few true international superstars. Maxime Lucu would be the man to step in for Les Bleus at No 9 as long as he stays match.

Skilled back-row pair Charles Ollivon and Gregory Alldritt are the main contenders to switch Dupont as France captain for the 2024 Six Nations.

‘We misplaced Romain Ntamack (for the World Cup) who’s one in every of our key gamers and we managed to maintain going so we’ll do the identical,’ stated Alldritt of Dupont’s sevens transfer.

‘However after all if you miss the most effective participant on the earth we must have an adaptation. All the remainder of the workforce must enhance their degree.’

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