If he therefore misses the match against Japan, which will take place in his city in Toulouse on Sunday (2 p.m.) – “I will surely miss this last match which was important for me, he said on Saturday […] I penalized myself” – this penalty will first impact Stade Toulousain.
The captain of the Blues will be absent during two Top 14 matches (trip to Lyon, reception of Perpignan) and during the entry into the running of his club in the Champions Cup on the ground of Munster. He should be able to resume on the occasion of the second day in this competition when the English of Sale are received.
Within the tricolor delegation, we were relatively “relieved” by the announcement of this sentence. The spectacular images of the fall on the head of Cheslin Kolbe could have given rise to fears of a more severe decision…
He risked 8 weeks
Wednesday morning, Antoine Dupont was still in Marcoussis for his hearing (by videoconference) by an independent disciplinary commission. Assisted by the manager of the XV of France Raphaël Ibañez, he was heard for more than three hours. A period of time taken advantage of by the defense of the Blues since the “entry point” of the sanction, which it initially hoped to lower, had all the same been placed at 8 weeks.
It was finally reduced by half, in particular because the captain of the Blues, who pleaded guilty and apologized, presented a clean record. It was simply his first card since the start of his international career in 2017.
For his part, the South African Pieter-Steph Du Toit took three weeks of suspension after receiving a red card for a headbutt on Danty. A sanction which can challenge compared to that which inherited the number 9 tricolor.