France captain Antoine Dupont has added to his ridiculous trophy haul, taking his personal tally to 22.
The scrum-half is widely regarded as the best player in the game, and to date, he has certainly lived up to the hype.
Planet Rugby runs through those awards year by year.
In 2016, Toulouse loosened the purse strings to lure one of the most promising talents in French Rugby away from their rivals, Castres.
Playing in his final season for Castres, Dupont enjoyed a stellar run of form, notching up 35 appearances across the season, and the then 21-year-old picked up his first individual honour as he was named the Breakthrough Player of the Season at the Nuit du Rugby Awards evening.
A cruciate ligament rupture in his first season at Toulouse limited his game time for club and country, having made his Test debut in November 2017. This meant that he did not pick up any awards, while his club also failed to win any silverware.
Having fully recovered from his injury from the season before, Dupont inspired Toulouse to their first Top 14 title in seven years and his first as a professional. His performances throughout the season also saw him pick up the coveted Midi Olympique Golden Award for the first time.
Now a regular standout performer for France after making his World Cup debut in 2019, Dupont hit the ground sprinting in 2020. While Les Bleus finished as runners-up in the Six Nations, the brilliant scrum-half lit up the tournament and was crowned the Player of the Championship. He would again pick up the Midi Olympique Golden Award, becoming just the third player after Serge Blanco and Juan Martín Hernandez to claim back-to-back awards.
Dupont enjoyed his most-trophy-laden season to date in 2021 as Toulouse completed the Top 14-Champions Cup double. His performances led to him being voted the best Top 14 player by his peers, and he was also named the best international of the season at the Nuit du Rugby Awards evening.
Midi Olympique also honoured him with a third Golden Award and his first World Oscar, the French publication’s pick for the best player in the world.
His stellar year was rounded off as he collected the EPCR European Player of the Year award and was named the World Rugby Player of the Year as well.
🌍 The moment Antoine Dupont found out he was the World Rugby Men's 15s Player of the Year. 🏆pic.twitter.com/e9m7UivtYk
— Planet Rugby (@PlanetRugby) December 10, 2021
Toulouse were unable to defend either of their titles in 2022 but Dupont enjoyed success with the national side, captaining them to their first Six Nations Grand Slam and title in 12 years.
Again, he was named the Six Nations Player of the Championship, becoming only the third player – after Brian O’Driscoll and Stuart Hogg – to claim the award more than once.
— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 25, 2022
He was again crowned the best international of the season at the Nuit du Rugby Awards evening and also won the Midi Olympique Golden Award for the fourth time and his second World Oscar. Dupont was nominated for a second World Rugby Men’s XV award but was beaten to the honour by Ireland’s Josh van der Flier.
While France finished runners-up to Ireland again in the Six Nations, Dupont was still named the Six Nations Player of the Championship – the third time he had won the award.
Antoine Dupont is the 2023 #GuinnessSixNations Player of the Championship. 🇫🇷
3rd time he has won it and he is the third player to win it back-to-back. pic.twitter.com/Ka9i1BRaQ1
— Jared Wright (@jaredwright17) March 29, 2023
However, Toulouse did claim another title in 2023, winning the Top 14 for the third time since Dupont arrived.
Despite Toulouse’s Top 14 success, Dupont was not amongst Midi Olympique’s three finalists for the Golden Award, but he did win the World Oscar for the third time in succession.
He would then go on to lead France at their home Rugby World Cup, where they were ultimately knocked out in the quarter-finals by eventual champions South Africa.
In November 2023, he was crowned the Top 14 Player of the Season – for a second time – and the International Player of the Season for the third time at the Nuit du Rugby Awards evening.
Antoine Dupont’s honours
1x Champions Cup (2021)
3x Top 14 (2019, 2021, 2023)
1x Six Nations Championship (2022)
1x Grand Slam (2022)
1× World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year (2021)
3× Six Nations Player of the Championship (2020, 2022, 2023)
1× European Professional Club Rugby Player of the Year (2021)
3× Nuit du rugby International Player of the Season (2021, 2022, 2023)
1× Nuit du rugby Top 14 Player of the Season (2021, 2023)
1× Nuit du rugby Breakthrough Player of the Season (2017)
2× Midi Olympique World Oscar (2021, 2022, 2023)
4× Midi Olympique Golden Award (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)