It’s been a special season for Antoine Dupont. World Player of the Year, European Player of the Year and selected to captain France, he has now won the Rugby Union Writers’ Club’s personality of the year for 2021.
The announcement of the award was perhaps bittersweet, with Dupont one of several players testing positive for Covid on Sunday and forced to leave the squad preparations ahead of the Six Nations opener against Italy.
Dupont succeeds Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter as holder of the Pat Marshall Memorial Award following an outstanding 12 months for Les Bleus and Toulouse, the club he helped to a Champions Cup and Top 14 double.
The current World Rugby Player of the Year has continued to redefine scrum-half play through the excellence of his running and kicking qualities, game management and defence.
The 25-year-old has also emerged as a leader for France, captaining them last autumn in a successful series that included a first home victory over New Zealand since 2009.
Dupont follows in the footsteps of greats of the game to have been acclaimed by the RUWC such as Gareth Edwards, Jonah Lomu, Martin Johnson, Jonny Wilkinson, Brian O’Driscoll, Maggie Alphonsi and Dan Carter.
Meanwhile, Wasps have released a statement with positive news regarding the health of flanker Thomas Young after he was taken to hospital in Limerick on Sunday.
The Wales international was injured during the Premiership club’s defeat to Munster in the Champions Cup at Thomond Park, which ended their last-16 hopes.
However, he has now been discharged from hospital which is a relief after Young received treatment after an apparent clash of heads with a Munster player.