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Antoine Dupont, the new star of the XV of France

PORTRAIT – Since Sébastien Chabal and Frédéric Michalak, French rugby has been desperate to find a new emblematic figure. This is done with the Toulouse phenomenon. The scrum-half, dazzling with each of his outings, was promoted to captain of the Blues for the fall tour.

And Bonaparte became Napoleon… Antoine Dupont was already this Little Corporal who showed the way to victory to his troops, whether Toulouse or Tricolor. For the autumn tour, which begins this Saturday evening against the Argentinian Pumas (and will end on November 20, still at the Stade de France, by the long-awaited shock against the All Blacks), the scrum-half has been promoted to captain . One more responsibility for the spearhead of the XV of France. This might seem too much for a player already carrying all the hopes of the fans at only 24 years old. It probably isn’t. He has already demonstrated it on numerous occasions: the pressure slips on him like water on the feathers of the ducks of his native Gers. The manager of Stade Toulousain, Ugo Mola, can confirm this, who has already entrusted him with the stripes. “A natural choice. Antoine shines with the new generation. ”

A leader by example, talent, the rage to win. That impresses opponents and commands respect

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