XV of France – Thibault Giroud: “If the World Cup was in two years, I would be very worried about Antoine Dupont”

In an exclusive interview granted to Midi Olympique, Thibault Giroud detailed his methods at length with the XV of France. The director of performance of the Blues returns in particular to the meticulous use of Antoine Dupont, both with the Toulouse stadium and in selection.

Thibault Giroud wants to finish his adventure in Blue. Director of the performance of the XV of France, the former American footballer will join the staff of Bordeaux-Bègles after the 2023 World Cup. Before that, Thibault Giroud must prepare his men in the best possible way for the conquest of a first world title, which is moreover at home. Faced with the many injured internationals listed at three weeks (Danty, Jalibert, Villière, Cros, Vincent …), the future Bordeaux wants to be reassuring.

“There are no more injuries than in past seasons. For four years, we have also seen a lot of players. The fact of being able to work daily at 42 has allowed us to see the pool of contenders grow. We have reserve. In an ideal world, we would like to leave with our “premium” players every time, but it’s impossible. We are not more worried than that”.

Jonathan Danty is forfeited for the Tournament and should have surgery in the coming days. The Rochelais suffers from a rupture of the posterior cruciate ligament but the anterior cruciate could also be affected.

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The performance director of the Blues cringes more about the season of Antoine Dupont. “His suspension for the match against Japan was a blessing in disguise, because the French 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 would 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 2000 minutes a year at his level, you can’t replicate that for ten years.”

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