Over the years, Antoine Dupont ended up crystallizing the hopes of French rugby fans. In the fall of 2023, they all hope to see him lift the William Webb-Ellis trophy in the company of Romain NtamackGregory Alldritt, Gael Fickou, Paul Willemse and the other frames installed by Fabien Galthié. Yes, but now, time passes and no player is eternal on the meadow. And even if the collective takes precedence and will always take precedence, the latter is built despite everything around a very useful backbone of which Antoine Dupont is obviously a part. In 2018 against Ireland, a rupture of the anterior ligaments of the right knee had put an end to his season. At that time, he was only 21 and knew his first selections in Blue. This injury did not prevent him from returning to the top level. Like Matthieu Jalibert, who was injured during the same match of the Six Nations Tournament, this marked their extraordinary character.
TOP 14. But by the way, what did Antoine Dupont’s match in 10 give against Clermont?Wounded so young to come back stronger, a fate that seems inevitable. Nevertheless, everyone wants the joints or other body parts of our Blues (and anyone for that matter) to remain unscathed for as long as possible. For this to be the case, the organisms must be preserved as well as possible. The addition of Top 14of the Champions Cup and the XV of France clearly does not help. The sheer number of games played each season by internationals is a recurring debate. It is clear that concrete answers seem slow in coming. This aspect, a very influential member of the management of the XV of France and future deputy of the UBB, Thibault Giroud, expresses it without language of wood.
RUGBY. 15 from France. Who will replace Thibault Giroud as performance director?In an interview given to Noon OlympicIhe performance director of the XV of France warns the player and the teams who take advantage of his talents. Clearly, it reports a reality: the former Castres is not eternal and age watches him as he watched the best before him. He clarifies his thought as follows:
His suspension for the game against Japan was a blessing in disguise, because the France team had to do without him. It’s good to have several scenarios in order to test them all. Afterwards, I’m going to be very honest with you: if the world Cup was in two years, I would tell you that I will be very worried about Antoine. Managing to maintain this level of intensity… (he winces) It’s good that the World Cup is in eight months. Mentally and physically, playing 2500 minutes a year at his level, you can’t replicate that for ten years.”