LYON, France, Oct. 5( Reuters )- The mercurial France scrumhalf steps up his bid for a potential quarter-final appearance as Antoine Dupont was spotted with ball in hand on Thursday for the first time since he broke his cheekbone at the Rugby World Cup.
The 26-year-old will be examined by Frederic Lauwers, the surgeon who will determine whether he is fit for a high-intensity rugby match, likely against South Africa’s defending champions on October 15. The France captain underwent surgery and will visit his surgeon on Monday.
If France defeats Italy on Friday, they will top Pool A, while South Africa will finish second in Pool B.
Although he is not yet permitted to interact with other players, Dupont has been sprinting during training and using the ball.
Anthony Jelonch, number eight, stated at a press conference on Thursday that he was” ready for the challenge and competitive.”
He is eager to return to the field, and we have no doubt that he will do so the following week. ( On Friday, if we triumph. )
Even though the Azzurri haven’t defeated them in ten years, Les Bleus are wary of the threat because they only won 29 – 24 in the Six Nations in Rome this year. If France loses to Italy, they could be eliminated.
General manager Raphael Ibanez stated that” we took some time to look into this game as well as other games against Italy.”
” Every time, there has been a significant altercation.” We must maintain control.
In the previous round of matches, New Zealand defeated Italy 96-17, but France will watch out for the injured animal.
They” will do whatever it takes to atone for their error against New Zealand.” For the past two weeks, we have been considering this game. Gael Fickou, the center, said,” We can’t wait to get on the field.”
They always transcend themselves in opposition to us and are a team with strong personalities and egos. There are many of their players who compete in our championship because we are neighbors.
Ange Capuozzo, a French native, is one of them.
Coach Kieran Crowley of Italy jokingly remarked,” If he were any good. He’d be captain of France.”
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