He was already since December 10, the best player in the world.

Forty years after Jean-Pierre Rives, the last Frenchman to win it, Antoine Dupont has just been awarded the prestigious British Rugby Union Writers' Club, which named him personality of the year 2021.

At 25, the Stade Toulousain scrum-half succeeds Exeter's director of rugby, Rob Baxter.

He was in competition with the captain of Wales, Alun Wyn Jones, the new nugget of English rugby, Marcus Smith, the second line of the XV of England ladies, Zoe Aldcroft, and the boss of the players' defense association of the Pacific, Dan Leo.

The winner is…



🇫🇷 ANTOINE DUPONT 🇫🇷



🏆 @top14rugby champion



🏆 @ChampionsCup winner



🏆 European Player of the Year



🏆 @WorldRugby Men's Player of the Year



Now @RUWCOfficial Pat Marshall Memorial Award winner - our first French champion since Jean-Pierre Rives in 1981!

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— The Rugby Union Writers' Club (@RUWCOfficial) January 24, 2022

In 2021, in the colors of his club, the player of Gers origin won the Top 14 and European Rugby Cup double.

Absent from the field since December 11 due to a knee injury, he tested positive for Covid-19 last week when he had just resumed training.

The current captain of the Blues will also suddenly be absent this week from the preparation course for the XV of France to prepare for the Six Nations Tournament, which will take place at the Carpiagne military camp, between Marseille and Cassis.

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