In the flood of overtime of the executive players, one of the most awaited by the fans was that of Antoine Dupont. At 25, the best player in the world has decided to join the Stade Tolousain in the long run.
“Love Story.” To formalize his extension until 2027, Antoine Dupont used this revealing expression of his love for the club, accompanied by a photo where he wears the Stade Toulousain shirt when he is still a small child. This love is real and not just a communication tool. Long before signing in 2017, he had never hidden that the Stade Tolousain was his favorite club. Nothing and no one, not even the leaders of Toulon who had tried to recruit him when he was still playing for Castres, could take him away from the Stade Toulousain.
Dupont was not seen continuing his career anywhere else
Double French champion (2019, 2021) and European champion (2021) with Rouge et Noir, Antoine Dupont became this year the third French named best player in the world after Fabien Galthié (2002) and Thierry Dusautoir ( 2011).
His suitors multiplied, he was left without a contract in 2023, but his overtime was one of the easiest to get by the leaders because his half scrum was not seen to continue his career elsewhere. Much more than the logical salary increase he obtained (he received 462,000 euros net per year), other factors came into play, mainly because he could have earned more elsewhere, such as the arrivals at the club of two of his best friends; Anthony Jelonch and Paul Graou and the extensions of teammates to whom Cyril Baille and Julien Marchand are very close.
The club’s campaign “Trajectory 2027, axis 1 consolidates its managers” was a success as the Stade Toulousain managed to expand all its young managers (Ramos, Ntamack, Dupont, Cros, Mauvaka, Marchand, Baille) who return the featured club for the last three seasons. And Antoine Dupont will continue to be the leading figure of this talented generation.
The transfer register of the Stade Tolousain
Paul Graou (half ash, Agen) – In the absence of Antoine Dupont, the substitutes disappointed. The leaders opted for the arrival of Paul Graou who was one of the top 9 in Pro D2 with Agen. He arrives in Toulouse for the next two seasons as number 2 and finds his friends Antoine Dupont and Anthony Jelonch with whom he played at the Auch.
Pierre-Louis Barassi (city center, Lyon) – A great friend of Romain Ntamack with whom he opened a restaurant in Toulouse, Pierre-Louis Barassi did not want to spread to Lyon. Although Tim Nanaï Williams finally stays, he should start alongside Pita Ahki in competition with Pierre Fouyssac who had a great season finale. Chocobares is injured, Guitoune is often injured, Tauzin is struggling to confirm, Barassi, who signed for three years, has a way to win.
Arthur Retière (extreme, La Rochelle) – As in the center, Toulouse needed recruits in the band, without compensating for the departures of Kolbe and Huget. Followed by many clubs like the Stade Français or Racing 92, Arthur Retière has many friends at the Stade, his little brother is at the club. Rochelais, therefore, has opted for Toulouse for the next three seasons.
Ange Capuozzo (back, Grenoble) – Revelation of the last 6 Nations Tournament, Ange Capuozzo was also one of the best Pro D2 players. The young Italian can play from behind or from the side. He has been signed for three years, he will discover the Top 14, but he has an excellent opportunity to play because no one stands out in the band except maybe Mallia.
Melvyn Jaminet (back, Perpignan) – With the retirement of Maxime Médard, Toulouse was looking for a winger to compete with Thomas Ramos. They have taken what is in front of Ramos in Blues, Melvyn Jaminet. The Perpignan signed for three years, Toulouse bought his contract which would last until 2024. The competition seems tough!