Two-time Heineken Champions Cup winner Bryan Habana has praised EPCR European Player of the Year nominee Antoine Dupont, describing the Toulouse scrum-half’s work ethic as “phenomenal”.
The French international – who has scored four tries this season in as many Heineken Champions Cup matches – has proven to be a key component in Toulouse’s blistering attack, as well as a steady operator under defensive pressure.
That defensive commitment and work rate is something highlighted by former RC Toulon wing Bryan Habana on last week’s The Good, The Bad & The Rugby podcast.
“He’s one of the players, globally at the moment, that everyone is just absolutely loving,” Habana said. “Not just because of his ability to score tries, I think his tenacity, his speed, his commitment physically.
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“He’s probably about 90-odd kgs but he literally goes round like an extra loose forward, he gets involved.
“I think the one thing that is an improvement area is maybe his kicking game, but even though he’s just got this knack to find luck – I think his work ethic is phenomenal.
“I chat to Cheslin [Kolbe] and they say his work ethic is not resting on his laurels. And again, you go through that list of previous winners and I think one of the key standouts there was work ethic.
“But I think his excitement, his flair, the ability to bring [that] to the game. That’s great for youngsters to see because he literally is the complete player at the moment.”