‘That’s what differentiates him’: Brian O’Driscoll has singled out what makes Antoine Dupont a rugby celebrity up there with soccer’s Messi


Brian O’Driscoll believes rugby’s celebrity gamers, the likes of France and Toulouse scrum-half Antoine Dupont, are doing an immense job in protecting sports activities followers royally entertained throughout this period of behind closed doorways matches. Rugby switched into European competitors final weekend following an unexpectedly uplifting Guinness Six Nations and the extent of membership motion didn’t disappoint.

O’Driscoll himself was in Limerick watching the France star Dupont in particular person as he scored two tries within the spherical of 16 Heineken Champions Cup win by Toulouse over Munster. 

The BT Sport rugby pundit felt privileged to witness the game-deciding contribution served up by the French half-back, believing particular person performances akin to this may guarantee eyeballs stay firmly mounted on the game when it heads into quarter-finals weekend in a number of days’ time.    

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Requested what he was having fun with most about rugby in these pandemic instances, O’Driscoll advised RugbyPass. “A discount of box-kicks. Apart from that you’re seeing some excellent particular person performers in the mean time, actually excelling constantly.

“If you concentrate on the weekend (simply gone) you’re occupied with the likes of Antoine Dupont, you’re speaking about (Romain) Ntamack and you have the emergence of among the younger blood as nicely, unknown gamers in Europe, the likes of Gavin Coombes who had a very robust efficiency for Munster in a defeat. 

“I simply really feel as if among the superstars are actually stepping as much as the plate and giving us causes to observe the sport, their performances alone. That’s what you want. You take a look at soccer the entire time – anybody would watch Barcelona due to Messi and we [rugby] want celebrity gamers to have the ability to play at a unique stage than everyone else for us to only go and watch and have a participant cam on them for the sport due to what they’re able to doing.”

France No9 Dupont put Munster to the sword coming down the ending straight in Limerick, the half-back making the most of some sensible strains of working to play to be accessible to latch onto possession of rating some essential tries. “That’s not something significantly new, it’s simply that there are such a lot of linebreaks coming from Toulouse and France that he picks up so many straightforward tries – however scrum-halves have been doing that for years. 

“It’s simply he in all probability is slightly bit higher at studying it and likewise you must have the health ranges to get there. He’s supremely match. It’s one factor eager to do it, it’s one other factor doing it when you could have gone by way of 15 or 20 phases and you’ve got been the scrum-half for each single one in all them.

“That’s exhausting, throwing good high quality passing, however then working a constructive trailing line to select up that attempt or decide up that break and offload it, you’ve got to have an actual psychological toughness and skill to remain within the battle and that’s what differentiates him. 

“Everybody sees the talent and everybody sees what he is ready to do early on in phases, the stunning flick passes and all the things, however it’s really staying within the battle longer than everyone else is usually the successful and dropping and the scoring of tries or lacking alternatives.”    

  • BT Sport is the house of the Heineken Champions Cup with each single match dwell. Watch all of the motion from the quarter-finals – together with Exeter Chiefs v Leinster – subsequent Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and 11, on BT Sport 2


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