France scrumhalf Antoine Dupont taken to hospital with World Cup in the balance
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France have just made history with a record 96-0 win over Namibia this evening – but it could have come at the biggest of costs.
Scrumhalf Antoine Dupont was forced off early on in the second half following a nasty hit from Namibia captain Johann Deysel, that saw the forward red-carded, and he did not look good.
Dupont was ordered to go off for an HIA and did not return to the field of play, with RMC Sport reporting that the scrumhalf was taken to hospital to be treated for a suspected concussion and a potential facial fracture.
“According to France 2, Antoine Dupont was taken to hospital to undergo examinations,” the report reads
“In addition to the suspected concussion, the scrum-half may have suffered a fracture. Examinations will now determine whether this is the case.”
France are already without star outhalf Romain Ntamack, who was spotted in attendance tonight, but the loss of Dupont is something that could be cataclysmic for their Rugby World Cup chances.
Fabien Galthié has just stated to the media that there is a suspicion of a fracture to Dupont's maxilla. pic.twitter.com/VPFoQorJn5
— EK Rugby Analysis (@ek_rugby) September 21, 2023