Dupont named Sevens Rookie of the Year

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Despite a season that has seen him shift much of his focus to sevens, the trophies keep coming for Antoine Dupont.

The three-time Guinness Men's Six Nations Player of the Championship has added to his individual honours by being named HSBC SVNS 2024 Men’s Rookie of the Year - a mere fortnight after raising the Champions Cup for Toulouse.

Dupont has taken the sevens world by storm in pursuit of ultimately challenging for the gold medal at the Paris Olympics this summer, cementing his status as one of the greatest rugby players of all time. In being awarded the Rookie of the Year title, he saw off some serious competition from Australia’s Henry Palmer and South Africa’s Quewin Nortje.

Since making his sevens debut in Vancouver earlier this year, Dupont has featured in three tournaments, during which France have clinched two gold medals and one bronze. Dupont scored seven tries in 15 matches, and despite having to adjust quickly to life in the sevens game, looked to the manor born in the shorter form of the game. A rookie by statistics only, from the very second he set foot on the sevens field Dupont has looked a total master. 

All eyes now turn to Paris, where Dupont will be hoping to replicate France’s SVNS Series success when they take to the Olympic stage, with the action running from 24th-30th July.

Dupont won't be the only Guinness Men's Six Nations star going for Olympic glory in the French capital. Hugo Keenan, back-to-back Championship winner, will be gunning for gold with Ireland after he too made the switch from union to sevens.

Find out more about rugby sevens at the Paris Olympics here.