XV of France: why Antoine Dupont could lose his status as captain of the Blues

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A year since the half star of the scrum began each selection crowned with this role of team leader. A state of affairs that could soon be called into question.

Who will be captain of the XV of France in November? After a perfect season, finished without flaws, the Blues squad will have to decide between Charles Ollivon and Antoine Dupont for the fall tour.

Upon landing in Japan, Ollivon, the third line of Toulon (29 years, 25 games), regained his status, abandoned due to injury to Dupont, half scrum of Toulouse (25 years, 40 games), last year.

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Will it be like this in the fall, when the Blues face world champions South Africa, Australia, the last team to beat France, or Japan, which has caused so much inconvenience on this tour? Because the interim has secured success: having just been named best player in the world, Dupont led his Blues to a historic success against the All Blacks (40-25) in November and then the Grand Slam, the first since the 2010, a few months later.

Back at Blue for the summer tour, “the great Charles” has logically returned to being the captain, a role given to him by coach Fabien Galthié at the start of his term in 2020. To continue like this, will have to find their place on the third line, while the trio of Anthony Jelonch, Grégory Alldritt and François Cros did more than secure.

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The competition promises to be tough in this sector, as Dylan Cretin and Yoan Tanga are vying for a place. Meanwhile, Olivivon enjoys it. “It’s a pride to be back in the France national team, to be part of that group,” he explained next, barely finding his lines. Because Ollivon, injured in one knee, had to give up his role for sixteen months. He recovered this summer, with Dupont resting after a long season.


First named captain of the British Barbarians, during a real lesson inflicted on England (52-21) at Twickenham, Ollivon was left with the Blues on the other side of the world. “This week with the Baabaas was important for me because I was able to orient myself to the team. It was a good springboard, a good launching pad for Japan. Then we went to Marcoussis and they didn’t return a lot of points either. of reference. fast, for everyone. This preparation was important “, the Toulon native said again.

After more than a year without the ex-bayonet, the management of the blues is at the heart of the matter: he will have to choose whether to renew his trust in Ollivon or whether to leave it permanently to Dupont, once his holiday is over. In Japan, Ollivon didn’t really shine. He fulfilled his missions, being valuable with his tackles or stealing balls to the touch, but without providing any real added value. Solid if not shiny.

“A different style”

“It’s great,” says Thibaud Flament. “I didn’t know him, just on the pitch when I played against him. He’s a great guy, he knows how to talk to the group, being things, he knows what to say, both tactically and humanly.”

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“It’s very, very good, because Antoine Dupont had been very good. There are several leaders in the group, he doesn’t come from a single person and that’s what’s good,” the Toulouse player added. “Antoine and Charles are different, it’s a different style. They’re both very good: it’s gone very well, with one as well as the other. We’re very lucky to have these two people in our group,” Flament concludes. To continue, then.

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