France captain Antoine Dupont rushed to hospital after sickening clash of heads with fears his tournament is over

ANTOINE DUPONT sparked fears his Rugby World Cup may already be over.

That’s after being rushed to hospital following a sickening clash of heads during France’s drubbing of Namibia.

Twitter @Top14PasOffFrance star Antoine Dupont was rushed to hospital after a sickening clash of heads[/caption]

Seulement un carton jaune sur ce plaquage haut sur Dupont ?!?

J’ai du mal à comprendre la décision de l’arbitre…

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— Le Top14 Pas Officiel (@Top14PasOff) September 21, 2023

ReutersThere are fears his World Cup is over with a fractured cheekbone[/caption]

The tournament hosts showed their strength with an incredible 96-0 victory on Thursday.

But the result was overshadowed by a horrific injury to superstar captain Dupont early in the second half.

The scrum-half was crunched in a head-to-head collision with opponent Johan Deysel.

Dupont looked to be in agony as he required pitch-side treatment from medics.

He was then rushed to hospital with a suspected broken cheekbone, which could see him miss a minimum of three weeks.

Indeed, there are now fears Dupont’s World Cup could be over should the damage be more serious.

As for Deysel, he was shown a yellow for the collision.

But the penalty was upgraded to a red during the bunker review, with the Namibia captain now set to serve a ban.


It certainly took the shine off France’s stunning 14-try romp.

Damian Penaud bagged a hat-trick, with Jonathan Danty also scoring twice.

It was the seventh-highest score in Rugby World Cup history.

And it also saw Namibia clock up a record 25th straight tournament defeat.

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