Rugby: Frenchman Antoine DuPont named best player in the world

Cock-a-Doodle Do! The rooster, the symbol of the French rugby team, can sing loudly and clearly! XV Tricolor captain Antoine Dupont has been named World Player of the Year 2021, announced this Friday at World Rugby, the international body that governs the world of the oval. The award was given to him after a process of public voting and a jury of experts.

,It’s hard to realize. Of course there is a lot of joy and pride, a lot of feelings and emotions that go together”He reacted in a video published by World Rugby saying that “It’s weird to see his name on this list, looks like we’re working on, Afterwards, you’ll have to do everything you can to be able to claim it again and remain efficient at all times.“, Antoine DuPont believed.

The news was welcomed by his Toulouse club, where Antoine Dupont plays as a scrum half, like the Blues.

It is an anointing for the 25-year-old youngster, who has won everything this year with Stade Toulouse. The Brenes Shield, the prize awarded to the winning team of the top 14, the French Rugby Union Championship and the Champions Cup, the European Rugby Cup, has really adorned their trophy cabinet.

Internationally, DuPont and his gang distinguished themselves by knocking out the All Blacks last November. The French team actually beat New Zealand thanks to a great collective performance – In what had not happened since 2009, the Blues were on a series of 14 consecutive defeats against the Ogre Kiwis. – on a score of 40 to 25. With this win, France’s XV could nurture hopes for the next VI Nations tournament, and especially for “their” World Cup to be played at home in 2023.

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Antoine DuPont, 35-time pick for the Blues, defeated second-row Englishman Maro Etoje and two Australians, third-row Michael Hooper and center Samu Carevi.

DuPont is the third Frenchman to achieve this distinction, introduced in 2001 by World Rugby, after former scrum half and current coach of the France team Fabian Galthy in 2002, and former third-rower Thierry Dussoutoire in 2011.

He will replace South Africa’s third-rower Peter-Steph Du Toit, who was crowned in 2019 after being denied the World Player of the Year title in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Promoted captain of the Blues for the Autumn Test, DuPont is the only Frenchman to feature in the World Standards squad of the year, along with five South Africans and three New Zealanders.

The title of World Player of the Year in Women was given to English Zoe Aldcroft. Two French women were named: winger or rear Caroline Bouzard and scrum half lor census.

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