New Zealand scrum-half Aaron Smith described his France counterpart Antoine Dupont because the world’s prime rugby participant on Wednesday.
Replying to the Six Nations’ Twitter query “Who’s one of the best rugby participant on the planet proper now?”, the 32-year-old Smith went for Dupont.
“This man is on one other degree! Nobody is close to him atm. He is the purpose of distinction for each his membership and nation. He is serving to me have a look at elements of my recreation to enhance.”
Smith has earned 97 caps for the All Blacks and helped them win one World Cup and 6 Rugby Championship titles.
The 24-year-old Dupont was named greatest participant of final yr’s Six Nations and in his twenty eighth worldwide he arrange 4 tries in France’s 50-10 win over Italy on Saturday of their opening recreation of this yr’s match.
Dupont once more looms as a key determine as France head to Dublin on Sunday to face Eire. A second straight win away from house will put France in an amazing place to take out the Six Nations, with house video games in opposition to Scotland and Wales to return, and a visit to Twickenham to face England in between.
Smith, in the meantime, is making ready for the kick-off of Super Rugby Aotearoa, the competitors on Wednesday confirming it will trial a captain’s referral alongside different regulation tweaks for the match’s second season.
The All Blacks scrum-half might be coming into one more season with the Highlanders, who’ve a brand new coach in former New Zealand fly-half Tony Brown.