Rugby-Dupont's France fall in Vancouver Sevens semis against New Zealand


  • Rugby
  • Monday, 26 Feb 2024

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2023 - Quarter Final - France v South Africa - Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France - October 15, 2023 France's Antoine Dupont looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier/File Photo

(Reuters) - Antoine Dupont's France lost 28-26 to New Zealand in the semi-finals of the Vancouver SVNS on Sunday, the first tournament for the former Player of the Year with his country's sevens team.

Dupont, who scored a last-gasp wining-try against Ireland in Saturday's quarter-finals, skipped the Six Nations for the sevens in a bid to win Olympic gold in Paris later this year. He came off the bench after France conceded a try, trailing 21-12.

The scrum-half played only five minutes in the second half, unable to prevent defeat by the All Blacks, who will play in the final against Argentina later on Sunday.

The 27-year-old made his sevens debut off the bench during France's pool-stage victories over the United States and Samoa on Friday before scoring his first try at the tournament in his side's final Pool B win over Australia.

France will face the United States for the chance to finish third in the tournament at BC Place stadium.

(Reporting by Janina Nuno Rios in Mexico City; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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