Antoine Dupont injured jaw, and probably not in a state to start the next match, against Italy on October 6 in Lyon, the staff must appoint a captain for this last meeting of the group stage.
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Recently, when the scrum-half of the Blues had been rested, several players had occupied this position. Thus on August 5 in Scotland, for the first match of preparation for the World Cup, it was Brice Dulin who had been promoted. But the back of the Stade Rochelais was finally not retained among the 33 players who compete in the competition. On August 19, this time against Fiji, it was the number 8 of La Rochelle, Grégory Alldritt, who had the honor of being named captain (for the first time).
Charles Ollivon number 2 in the hierarchy of captains
During this World Cup, Fabien Galthié rotated his squad against Uruguay. And the coach had chosen the returning Anthony Jelonch as captain. During the match against Namibia, after the exit of Antoine Dupont, it was Charles Ollivon who had recovered the armband for the end of the match. Just like when the scrum-half was sent off against South Africa on the November 2022 tour.
In the hierarchy of captains, it is also the Toulon third-line who assists Antoine Dupont, who had held this position from the beginning of Galthié's mandate, in February 2020, until his injury in June 2021. Antoine Dupont had then inherited it.
Depending on the team composition against Italy, it is therefore a third-line player who will be named captain against Italy, Ollivon holding the rope - provided he is recovered from his small calf contracture - ahead of Alldritt and Jelonch.
The seven captains of the Galthié era:Antoine Dupont: 19 times Charles Ollivon: 15 times Anthony Jelonch: 4 times
Gregory Aldritt: 1 time Baptiste Couilloud : 1 time Brice Dulin : 1 time
Baptiste Serin :