One of the world's best handed France captaincy
NEWS: Toulouse scrumhalf Antoine Dupont will captain France during next month’s Test series with Charles Ollivon injured, the French Rugby Federation announced on Monday.
Dupont, 24, is considered one of the world’s leading players and stands in for Ollivon, who is out until next year with a serious knee injury.
The scrumhalf pipped domestic teammate and childhood friend Anthony Jelonch, Toulouse captain Julien Marchand as well as Racing 92 centre Gael Fickou and La Rochelle’s No.8 Gregory Alldritt to the role.
This season Dupont has scored twice and made four assists in eight club appearances as the champions sit top of the Top 14 table.
At Test level, he has crossed 10 times in 32 internationals since making his Les Bleus debut in 2017 as a 20-year-old.
He captained Toulouse during May’s European Champions Cup final victory with hooker Marchand banned and was named French rugby’s club and international player of the year in September.
In February, New Zealand scrumhalf Aaron Smith said Dupont was the best player on the planet.
“This guy is on another level! No one is near him,” Smith said on Twitter.
“He’s the point of difference for both his club and country,” he added.
Les Bleus host Argentina on November 6, Georgia eight days later and the All Blacks, which will also be the 2023 Rugby World Cup’s opening fixture, on November 20 over the coming four weeks.
Earlier, Toulouse tighthead prop Dorian Aldegheri replaced La Rochelle’s Uini Atonio in the squad.
Atonio, 31, has a muscle injury and was replaced after an hour in his club’s Top 14 victory over Toulon on Sunday.
Aldegheri, 28, will compete with Lyon’s Demba Bamba and Castres’ Wilfrid Hounkpatin for a starting berth.
Fabien Galthie’s squad met up at their training base on Sunday, and will miss their club games next weekend.