Dupont named France captain for November Tests

Paris (AFP) – Toulouse scrum-half Antoine Dupont will captain France during next month's Test series with Charles Ollivon injured, the French Rugby Federation announced on Monday.


Dupont, 24, is considered one of the world's leading players and stands in for Ollivon, who is out until next year with a serious knee injury.

The half-back, who has made 32 Test appearances since his debut in 2017, pipped domestic team-mate and childhood friend Anthony Jelonch, Toulouse captain Julien Marchand as well as Racing 92 centre Gael Fickou and La Rochelle's No. 8 Gregory Alldritt to the role.

Les Bleus host Argentina on November 6, Georgia eight days later and New Zealand on November 20 over the coming four weeks.

Earlier, Toulouse tight-head prop Dorian Aldegheri replaced La Rochelle's Uini Atonio in the squad.

Atonio, 31, has a muscle injury and was replaced after an hour in his club's Top14 victory over Toulon on Sunday.

Aldegheri, 28, will compete with Lyon's Demba Bamba and Castres' Wilfrid Hounkpatin for a starting berth.

Fabien Galthie's squad met up at their training base on Sunday, and will miss their club games next weekend.