After coach Fabien Galthié, forward coach William Servat and another member of the XV of France management, it is now Antoine Dupont’s turn to be positive for Covid-19. The scrum half from Stade Toulousain was placed in solitary confinement. He could miss the game against Scotland.
A wave of contamination is currently blowing on the XV of France. And now it’s up to Antoine Dupont to be the victim. After the coach of the Blues Fabien Galthié, the forward coach William Servat and another member of the selection team (his identity has not been revealed), the scrum half of the Stade Toulousain and new French rugby superstar is in turn positive for Covid-19.
On Friday, via a statement, the French Rugby Federation (FFR) announced that the new darling of French supporters had passed a test during the day, which had been positive. Dupont was immediately placed in solitary confinement for seven days. “He is asymptomatic to date. In accordance with health protocol, he will remain in isolation for the next few days. ”
The problem is that this announcement leaves at the same time a strong uncertainty about the presence of the number 9 of the Blues against Scotland on February 28 for the third outing of the XV of France in the Tournament. This would be very bad news for Galthié and the leader of the competition standings ahead of Wales after the first two days, especially as the Blues, only beaten by the Scots in the previous edition of the event, will have a revenge to be taken against the XV du Chardon.
When the images of Galthié, unmasked, hugging Dupont come back to mind …
This image is so much France. https://t.co/bkd0DU2z9q
– Masked Oval (@OvaleMasque) February 16, 2021
The Monday night images of Galthié hugging his scrum-half without a mask to congratulate him on his Oscar Midi Olympique during the ceremony linked to this distinction and in which the playmaker of the Tricolores had participated had obviously not announced anything good for Dupont. Especially knowing that the coach of the Blues had tested positive for Covid-19. They were unfortunately not misleading.
The tests passed on Friday by eleven other players of the XV of France, on the other hand, were negative. The Blues concerned are Julien Marchand, Paul Willemse, Arthur Vincent, Cyril Baille, Dylan Cretin, Romain Taofifenua, Anthony Bouthier, Louis Carbonel, Dorian Aldegheri, Peato Mauvaka and French captain Charles Ollivon. They can play against Scotland. For Dupont, it seems much more compromised.
Following the first PCR tests carried out this Friday, February 19 in the morning, the first 12 results indicate 11 negative results.
– France Rugby (@FranceRugby) February 19, 2021