Dupont begins his Olympic training


Antoine Dupont has officially pulled on his rugby sevens boots.

France’s rugby talisman – he is the captain of the Roosters in the fifteen-man version of the game while he was named World Rugby’s player of the year in 2021 – began training with the national sevens players on Wednesday.

He will be part of the blitz format action in Vancouver (February 23-25) and Los Angeles (March 2-3). The Olympic Games officially begin on July 26 in Paris.

According to Dupont, he was persuaded to taste medal success.

“For most sports fans, the Olympic Games are an almost mythical event. It promises to be a big party in France.”

In order to realize his sevens dream, the talented scrum-half will therefore have to miss out on France’s Six Nations campaign.

“When you lose in one competition, you want to do something else to win again,” Dupont said in an interview with the BBC.

He is obviously referring here to France’s World Cup disappointment after the Springboks beat the Roosters 29-28 in the quarter-final at the Stade de France.

Yet he knows that his seven-way will not necessarily be an easy one.

“I think the last time I played rugby sevens was at o. 18 level. Yet it is still rugby and there are many similarities (with the fifteen-man version). I will have to work hard to dish out competitive play in all the competitions.”