Toulouse and France scrumhalf Antoine Dupont is one of Rugby’s true global superstars.
Captaining both club and country, Dupont is widely regarded as one of the greatest talents to ever take to the rugby field.
As just 27 years old, Dupont is now hitting what would generally be considered a player’s peak years, which is quite frankly a frightening thought.
Given his body of work to date, it would be easy to wax lyrical about Dupont for paragraph after paragraph simply.
Reflecting on his decision to put aside his career in the XV player game for the time being, Dupont will look to dim some of the pain from France’s Rugby World Cup quarterfinal exit by chasing an Olympic medal in 7s.
In the past, several XV side stars have seamlessly switched between the two, including Cheslin Kolbe, Sonny-Bill Williams, and Kwagga Smith.
Dupont has bamboozled defences throughout his career with an out-of-this-world work ethic and looks tailor-made to make the switch. Further proving his ability to make consecutive big-time plays, Dupont was involved in a remarkable defensive sequence during Toulouse’s 27 – 20 victory over Racing 92 in the latest round of the Top 14.
Playing on the fast La Defence Arena pitch, Dupont put in three consecutive tackles to shut down a promising Racing attack which ultimately earned Toulouse a key penalty.
Moments like these give a clear indication that the scrumhalf will no doubt adjust to life on the 7s pitch just fine.