Antoine Dupont, the captain of the French national team, will be back « in a few days » for the 2023 World Cup.

The player, who suffered a jaw fracture during a match against Namibia on Thursday, September 21, has undergone surgery on Friday, September 22, in the evening.

The captain of the French national rugby team, Antoine Dupont, who suffered a jaw fracture on Thursday against Namibia, underwent surgery on Friday evening, confirmed the French Rugby Federation.

« Reprise sportive progressive »

« In a few days, » the scrum-half « will be able to return to the French team in a gradual sports recovery process under medical supervision, » the FFR stated, without providing further details.

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The return of the superstar of the French team, who are the hosts and favorites of the 2023 World Cup, is good news for the French XV, even though the exact date of their comeback is not yet known. Dr. Bernard Dusfour, former president of the medical commission of the National Rugby League (LNR), explained to AFP on the eve of this operation that, in case of surgery, the minimum unavailability for a high-level athlete is « four weeks ».

This would only allow a return in the semi-finals at best. « I have always said that the problem in rugby is to play injured players. It’s not a good idea. And the question that Fabien Galthié and his entire staff will have to ask themselves is whether Lucu at 100% or Couilloud at 100% are inferior to Antoine Dupont, who has had surgery and received a blow to the head, » he added.

Toujours des questions

On Thursday, Dupont (26 years old, 51 caps) « suffered a maxillozygomatic fracture » after a violent head collision during the landslide victory against Namibia (96-0). The day after this third success in the World Cup, the French rugby superstar, named the best player in the world in 2021, returned to Toulouse to consult specialists and « undergo additional imaging examinations, » explained Didier Lacroix, the president of his club, Stade Toulousain, to AFP. At the same time, attacking coach Laurent Labit expressed hope for Dupont’s return: « for us, Antoine has not finished the competition. »

Un forfait pour le reste de la compétition de Dupont, élu meilleur joueur du monde en 2021 et pièce maîtresse du système mis en place par Fabien Galthié, serait catastrophique pour le XV de France, l’un des favoris de compétition, avec la Nouvelle-Zélande, l’Afrique du Sud, tenante du titre, et l’Irlande, N.1 mondiale.

The French team must face either the Springboks or the XV du Trèfle in the quarter-finals, for which they are not yet qualified. After their record-breaking success at the Vélodrome stadium on Thursday, Les Bleus are leading Group A. They had previously brilliantly defeated New Zealand (27-13) in the opening match and had struggled to dominate Uruguay (27-12) with a second-string team.

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