France captain Antoine Dupont is about to take a break from the 15-a-side recreation with a purpose to give attention to sevens within the construct as much as the 2024 Olympic Video games in Paris; the choice is about to be introduced on Monday
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France captain Antoine Dupont is about to overlook subsequent 12 months’s Six Nations with a purpose to put together for the 2024 Olympic Video games in Paris.
The French rugby federation (FFR) instructed AFP the information on Wednesday, with the choice coming only a month after the frustration of an early World Cup exit.
Dupont, 27, is about to overlook the Six Nations, held between February 2 – March 16 subsequent 12 months with a purpose to take part in legs of the World Rugby seven-a-side circuit, now often called SVNS.
His membership Toulouse, the FFR and Dupont are set to carry a press convention on Monday, 250 days from the beginning of the Video games, when they’re anticipated to announce Dupont’s intentions.
Dupont will be a part of France’s sevens squad in January earlier than SVNS occasions in Vancouver, Canada on February 23-24 and Los Angeles on March 2-3.
Scrum-half Dupont’s most up-to-date 15-a-side look for France was final month’s agonising World Cup quarter-final defeat to eventual winners South Africa on the Stade de France.
The stadium in northern Paris may even host subsequent July’s sevens competitions, for women and men, on the Olympics.
Way back to final December, Dupont opened the door to taking part in within the occasion, which first featured within the Olympics in 2016.
“It is extremely motivating,” Dupont instructed RTL.
“It is unimaginable once you see the passion it could possibly create. There’s a need from my aspect to place issues in place for me to take part.
“Will probably be a dialogue between the completely different teaching staffs,” he added.
A bunch of different main 15-a-side gamers have featured at previous Olympic Video games together with South Africa winger Cheslin Kolbe and former New Zealand centre Sonny Invoice Williams, who’ve each received the World Cup twice.
Fiji have received the 2 males’s gold medals since seven-a-side rugby was launched into the Olympics with the longer format of the game having final featured in 1924.
The absence of Dupont within the Six Nations will pressure France head coach Fabien Galthie to call a brand new captain and beginning scrum-half for the Six Nations, which they begin in opposition to Eire on February 2.