Dupont wants to underline seven swords in Madrid

Henry

Antoine Dupont held up the Champions Cup silverware with Toulouse at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this past weekend. In addition, he was also named as this top tournament’s best player.

But now the excellent scrumhalf has his sights set on the Olympics and he will be in action with France’s sevens team in Madrid this weekend.

“Antoine left for Madrid on Monday. We will celebrate our European success, while he enjoys Spanish food,” Toulouse coach Ugo Mola said.

Dupont made his sevens debut in Vancouver and a short time later he tasted tournament success with the team in Los Angeles.

A gold medal on the Olympic stage in Paris is undoubtedly the bellows that fuels his fire of ambition.

“When you lose in one competition, you want to do something else to win again,” Dupont said earlier 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.

Paulin Riva, France’s sevens captain, believes that the 27-year-old player adds value to his team.

“Antoine is an excellent player and it is very important for us to assist him on the sevens court. He is the best in the world and it is a privilege to play with him,” said Riva.

France are in Group A of the Madrid finals alongside Argentina, Australia and Great Britain.