Antoine Dupont has been banned for four weeks following his red card against South Africa

The sentence fell for Antoine Dupont. The scrum half and captain of France XV has been suspended for four weeks, World Rugby said in a press release on Thursday (November 17). A sanction that follows a red card early in the second period in the Blues’ win over South Africa (30-26) on Saturday 12 November.

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The Toulouse player was guilty of a dangerous tackle on South African winger Cheslin Kolbe, who then went airborne after receiving a kick that fell on his head. “The error is there. Even if it’s not voluntary, we saw it, he falls over, he could have hurt himself »he admitted shortly after the game.

Du Toit was only banned for three weeks

The World Rugby Disciplinary Committee, before which the Toulouse player faced Wednesday 16 November, initially imposed an eight-week ban on him but cut it by half for his clean ‘record’ – his first red card Career – and his apology.

After the victories against Australia (30:29) on November 5th and South Africa a week later, the Blues have to do without their starter scrum half for their last friendly of the autumn tour against Japan on Sunday in Toulouse. The Bordelais Maxime Lucu should replace him, while Charles Ollivon will regain the captaincy.

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Antoine Dupont will also miss three more games, this time with his club Stade Toulousain: two top-14 games against Lyon and Perpignan and the trip to the European Cup with the Irish from Munster on December 11.

South Africa’s Pieter-Steph du Toit, who was also ruled out during the France-Boks game, has been handed a three-week suspension. A penalty that was also halved (initially six weeks) for the same reasons as Dupont. However, the third line had authored a dangerous clearing on Jonathan Danty while he was down in a regroup.

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