Rugby World Cup: France captain Antoine Dupont rejoins squad after undergoing surgery

Antoine Dupont.
Antoine Dupont. Photo credit: Getty Images

France captain Antoine Dupont has undergone surgery on a facial injury and will return to his Rugby World Cup squad to recover, the French federation (FFR) said on Saturday, though it gave no timeline for when the halfback might return to the field.

The 26-year-old sustained the injury in last week's 96-0 record win against Namibia in a head-to-head clash with opposing captain Johan Deysel, whose initial yellow card was upgraded to a red.

"Following his injury sustained during the France-Namibia match, Antoine Dupont underwent surgery at Toulouse's CHU Purpan on 22 September at around 11 p.m," the federation said.

"In a few days' time, he will be able to return to the French team as part of a gradual sporting recovery under medical supervision."

The FFR did not say when Dupont would be able to play again.

France, who are already without flirst-five Romain Ntamack at the World Cup due to injury, next face Italy on October 7.