The captain of the XV of France Antoine Dupont, victim of a violent shock, suffers from a “maxillo-zygomatic fracture” but remains in the group, the French Rugby Federation announced on Friday September 22. The scrum half was the victim of a violent shock on Thursday evening in Marseille, during the crushing victory of the French team, 96-0 against the modest Namibian team.
“Specialized surgical advice was requested to precisely define the duration of unavailability,” adds the FFR. The Blues, who won their first three matches in the World Cup organized in France, must meet Italy on October 6 for their next group match.
The Blues at the top of their group
The Blues won the biggest victory in their history on Thursday and are at the top of Group A after their success against New Zealand (27-13) at the opening of the competition, then against Uruguay (27-12). .
According to several media, Dupont, voted best player in the world in 2021, could be absent for at least a month, which would already deprive him of the last meeting of the group stage of the Blues against Italy, on 6 October in Lyon, as well as their quarter-final on the weekend of October 14 and 15.
A blow therefore for the XV of France, given as one of the favorites for the World Cup, which it welcomes on its soil, alongside the South African world champions, Ireland, the first world nation, and of the All Blacks, three times crowned in this competition.
Head to head
The injury occurred in the 46th minute of the match against the Welwitschias, Namibian captain Johan Deysel, launched, colliding head to head with Dupont. The captain and playing master of the Blues for four years then dismounted, touching his face, before calling on the medical staff who placed an ice pack on his right cheek.
The Stade Toulouse player seemed stunned, holding his head and rubbing his eyes before leaving the field, replaced by Baptiste Couilloud, in order to undergo a concussion protocol. He left the Stade Vélodrome shortly after to undergo examinations at a local hospital.