French halfback Antoine Dupont and England lock Zoe Aldcroft named world's best men’s and women’s rugby players in 2021

French halfback Antoine Dupont and England lock Zoe Aldcroft named world's best men’s and women’s rugby players in 2021

By Naveel Krishant
Saturday 11/12/2021
Antoine Dupont (L) and Zoe Aldcroft have been named as the best players in rugby in 2021. Photos / Getty

France halfback Antoine Dupont has been named World Rugby's Men's Player of the Year.

The 25-year-old Dupont became the third Frenchman to win the award after Fabien Galthie, currently the national team coach, in 2012 and flanker Thierry Dusautoir in 2011.

Dupont beat Australian duo Michael Hooper and Samu Kerevi and England lock Maro Itoje to the award, which was determined by a vote from fans, after impressing for France and helping Toulouse to the Champions Cup and French Top 14 double.

England lock Zoe Aldcroft won the women's award, after starting all eight of England's matches this year and helped them win a third successive Six Nations title.

The 25-year-old captained the Red Roses for the first time last month, as they crushed the United States 89-0.

[Source: Reuters/Newshub]

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