Europe1 .fr with AFP 12:33 p.m., September 27, 2023

The chief executive of World Rugby, asked about the possibility of Antoine Dupont wearing a protective mask on the field, said he had had "no direct discussions with the France team" on the subject. He also recalled the rules in force concerning this equipment.

"There has been no direct discussion with the France team about a mask for Antoine Dupont," said Wednesday the director general of World Rugby, asked about the possibility of seeing the star of the Blues, operated on a fracture in the face, wear protection.

"The rules and laws of the game are clear regarding masks protecting the face as well as equipment," Gilpin said at the weekly press conference of the organizers of the Rugby World Cup.

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"Technical Regulation 12 and Game Law 4 specify the type of material that may be used and set a maximum thickness of 5 millimetres. What is important is that it cannot be a rigid material," he said.

Back for Sunday's practice

The captain and scrum-half of the Blues was operated Friday of a maxillo-zygomatic fracture due to a shock suffered against Namibia (96-0). On Tuesday, the coach of the forwards of the XV of France William Servat assured that he had "no doubt about the ability of Antoine Dupont to play the quarter-final" of the World Cup-2023, on October 14 or 15.

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"He'll be back for Sunday's practice. Friday and Saturday are rest days for us, he will have time to come back in this time, "said the former international hooker (49 caps between 2004 and 2012).

The best player in the world 2021, star of French rugby, came out in the 46th minute of the match easily won against Namibia Thursday in Marseille (96-0), after being violently hit in the head by the center and Namibian captain Johan Deysel.