Antoine Dupont, the captain of France, is poised to skip the upcoming Six Nations to focus on preparations for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
The French rugby federation (FFR) disclosed this information to AFP on Wednesday, just a month after the disappointment of an early exit from the World Cup.
A press conference is scheduled for Monday, 250 days before the Games, involving Dupont, his club Toulouse, and the FFR, during which they are expected to announce his plans.
In January, Dupont is set to join France’s sevens squad ahead of SVNS events in Vancouver, Canada on February 23-24 and Los Angeles on March 2-3.
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Nigel Owen’s law changes for 2024:
#1. Less TMO
Owens wrote: “We should aim for good performances that facilitate good games. In my opinion, perfect has become the enemy of the good because people are striving for a standard that is unachievable. A frustrating over-reliance on the TMO is one result of this fear of getting things wrong.
“Pressure is being exerted on referees by spectators, social media users, coaches, players, performance reviewers and referee managers. That is a lot of people scrutinising everything. I think we need to take a step back and make sure we pick up the things that matter.”Embed from Getty Images