France’s Dupont wins top 6 Nations award

Antoine Dupont has been voted the Six Nations player of the championship, becoming the first Frenchman to pick up the award in the history of the competition.

Halfback Dupont scored one try and made four assists as his blistering runs in the open field threatened defences throughout the competition.

The 23-year-old finished with a tournament-high 12 offloads and made 249 metres with ball in hand — more than any other halfback in the competition.

France fell agonisingly short of the title, with England triumphing on points difference, but Dupont garnered 46% of the votes for the individual honour.

Dupont topped a six-man shortlist that also included teammates Gregory Alldritt, Romain Ntamack, England duo Maro Itoje and Ben Youngs and Ireland’s CJ Stander.

“His talent clearly transcended borders with fans from all six unions giving him their support in huge numbers,” said Ben Morel, chief executive of Six Nations Rugby.

“To win this award at such a young age is quite some accomplishment. Bravo Antoine!”

England centre Emily Scarratt was named the inaugural women’s Six Nations player of the championship after she played an influential role in her team’s grand slam campaign.

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