France captain Antoine Dupont insisted that he is prepared to make sacrifices to feature for the sevens team in the Paris Olympics.
The French Rugby Federation revealed that Dupont will miss the upcoming Six Nations tournament as he will link up with the sevens squad ahead of their World Rugby Sevens series events in Vancouver and Los Angeles in February and March respectively.
The 27-year-old recently clinched his second Player of the Year accolade—previously winning it in 2021—thanks to his contributions in leading Toulouse to their 22nd French championship, extending their record.
At an elegant ceremony in Paris on Monday, the scrumhalf beat out fellow French teammate Greg Alldritt, the No.8 from La Rochelle, and Camille Lopez, Les Bleus' flyhalf from Bayonne, to claim the award.
Since France, the World Cup hosts, were eliminated by eventual champions South Africa, Dupont has participated in two Toulouse games.
“It’s been a while that discussions have been underway for me to be made available for this team,” Dupont told Canal+.
“We’ll have to adjust things, I won’t be able to play all the matches every weekend until the end of the season.
“Competing for an Olympic medal is really motivating.
“Sacrifices will have to be made to be able to spend time with the team".