France skipper Antoine Dupont to miss Six Nations for 2024 Olympic Games

Antonie Dupont was named Six Nations Player of the Championship in 2022 and 2023
Antonie Dupont was named Six Nations Player of the Championship in 2022 and 2023
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France skipper Antonie Dupont is set to miss the upcoming Six Nations tournament next year to step up the preparation for 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

The 27-year-old recently led France to a quarter-final in the home World Cup where they were edged out by eventual champions South Africa with a 29-28 margin but now will join the sevens team in January before Vancouver and Los Angeles leg to be played on 23-24 February and 2-3 March respectively.

"It's highly motivating," Dupont told RTL.

"It's incredible when you see the enthusiasm it can create. There is a desire from my side to put things in place for me to participate.

"It will be a discussion between the different coaching staffs".

With Dupont unavailable, France head coach Fabien Galthie will have to name a new captain for the Six Nations tournament that kicks-off against Ireland on 2nd February.

Meanwhile, Dupont's club head coach Ugo Mola insisted that they are preparing to be without the scrum-half as he makes a switch to the sevens format.

“I can understand why Antoine, at 26 and after three French championships, a European Cup, a [Six Nations] Grand Slam and – I hope! – a World Cup, would want to play in the Olympics in France,” head coach Ugo Mola said in June 2023.

“Antoine, Christophe Reigt and Jerome Daret and I have been talking. The Federation seems open [to it], as do the league and our president, too. All the indicators are green.

“But there are other details to sort out, because a large part of the player’s wages are paid by the club.

“We’re getting ready to spend half a season or a full season without him.”

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