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Mathieu Bastareaud

Mathieu Bastareaud
USO - RCT - 28-09-2013 - Stade Mathon - Mathieu Bastareaud.jpg
Date of birth (1988-09-17) 17 September 1988 (age 31)
Place of birthCréteil, France
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight120 kg (18 st 13 lb; 260 lb)[1][2]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Current team Rugby United New York
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Stade Français
Rugby United New York
Correct as of 9 March 2020
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
France U19
France U20
Correct as of 16 March 2019

Mathieu Bastareaud (French pronunciation: ​[matjø bastaʁo]; born 17 September 1988) is a French rugby union who plays centre for Rugby United New York in Major League Rugby (MLR).

He previously played for Lyon OU before joining RUNY in December 2019.

Bastareaud has captained France internationally three times during his career.

Stade Francais

Bastareaud played for Creteil Rugby youth squads and then moved to Massy. He went through the junior academy there and played for the third division club SU Massy. He attracted national attention and after two seasons he moved to Stade Français.

He was included in the 2009 Six Nations Championship squad. He impressed in the match against Wales,[3] which France won 21–16, on 27 February 2009, which was also his Six Nations Championship debut. He later played against England and as a replacement against Italy in the same competition. Matthieu was involved in the 2010 Six Nations Championship and was a key figure for the French side.[4] He scored two tries against Scotland at Murrayfield. He was rested for the majority of the game against Italy but was brought on for the last 15 minutes.

RC Toulon

In July 2011 Bastareaud was finally allowed to join Toulon. He had previously declared his wish to leave and with Stade Francais suffering major financial difficulties, (which saw them come close to being relegated) his wish was eventually granted.[5] He signed a 3-year contract. In May 2013 he was named as man of the match as Toulon won the 2013 Heineken Cup Final by 16–15 against Clermont Auvergne.[6]

Despite the presence of French international captain Guilhem Guirado in Toulon, Bastareaud was selected as captain for the 2017/18 season, with South African team-mate Duane Vermeulen struggling with injury.

After being caught swearing at opposition flanker Sebastian Negri in 2018, during a match against Benetton, Bastareaud was suspended for three weeks.

It was announced in April 2019 that Bastareaud would leave Toulon after the 2018/19 season to join Rugby United New York in Major League Rugby.

International rugby

Bastareaud was included in the French tour to New Zealand and Australia in June 2009, but returned to France early after sustaining facial injuries. He initially claimed that he had been assaulted from behind by "four or five men" outside his Wellington hotel as he was returning from a night out. The New Zealand Police launched an investigation into the assault and turned up security camera footage of Bastareaud returning uninjured to his hotel with four other people at 5:22 am that night, confirming the assault could not have taken place. Bastareaud subsequently stated that he had been drunk and had sustained the injuries after tripping over a table in his hotel room, and that he had concocted the original story in order to avoid getting in trouble with team management.[7][8]

The incident proved to have diplomatic implications. Following the initial assault allegation, international media speculated on New Zealand's security and suitability as a tourist destination and host country[citation needed], especially leading into the 2011 Rugby World Cup, spurring New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to issue an official apology for the incident.[9][10] Following the later revelations, French Prime Minister François Fillon sent a letter to Key, in which he apologised for the unfortunate affair and spoke of the strong relationship between France and New Zealand, a rare official intervention in sporting issues for the French.[11]

Then on 29 June, L'Equipe reported that he had been admitted to a psychiatric facility after attempting suicide.[12][13] Pierre Camou, President of the French Rugby Federation has referred the case to their Disciplinary Committee and asked them to investigate.[14]

In 2010, he was selected in the French Barbarians squad to play Tonga on 26 November.

Bastareaud started his first test in two years in 2017, against New Zealand in a 38–18 loss. Bastareaud had not made it onto the international field since he started in the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter final, where the French lost to New Zealand 62–13. Bastareaud's two-year absence was cause by the fact that he had struggled with form loss and with injuries since the World Cup.

Bastareaud missed the opening round of the 2018 Six Nations Championship due to suspension. He returned to international rugby on 23 February 2018 to start against Italy. Bastareaud had the final say in the fixture, scoring a try in the 73rd minute. His try was converted by Francois Trinh-Duc to make the final score against the Italians a 34–17 win, France's first international win in over 11 months. Bastareaud continued his return with good form and he ended up captaining France for the first time on 17 March 2018 during a 13–14 loss to Wales.

On 19 June 2019, Bastareaud announced his retirement from international rugby after not being selected for France's Rugby World Cup warm-up matches.[15]

Personal life

French international football player, William Gallas, is Bastareaud's cousin.[16]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 October 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Rees, Paul (27 February 2009). "Six Nations: France beat Wales 21-16 in Paris". the Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  4. ^ Gallagher, Brendan (8 February 2010). "Six Nations 2010: France's Mathieu Bastareaud goes up against Brian O'Driscoll". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Home".
  6. ^ "Toulon claim Heineken Cup glory". ESPN. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  7. ^ Field, Catherine (26 June 2009). "Bastareaud admission after police suggestion". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 26 June 2009.
  8. ^ "Police conclude investigation into alleged assault". New Zealand Police News Release. 26 June 2009.
  9. ^ "France centre admits making up 'assault'". The Times. London. 26 June 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  10. ^ Peacre, Nick (25 June 2009). "Mathieu Bastareaud admits he lied over New Zealand 'assault'". The Daily Telegraph (UK). London.
  11. ^ Field, Catherine (2 July 2009). "Key accepts French PM's apology, says time to move on". The New Zealand Herald.
  12. ^ "Bastareaud aurait voulu en finir". L'Equipe. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2009.
  13. ^ Sage, Adam (1 July 2009). "France rugby star Mathieu Bastareaud tried suicide, says newspaper". The Times. UK. Retrieved 1 July 2009.
  14. ^ "La FFR enquête". L'Equipe. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2009.
  15. ^ "Non appelé pour la Coupe du monde, Mathieu Bastareaud annonce sa retraite internationale". L'Equipe. 19 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  16. ^ Gallagher, Brendan (8 February 2010). "Six Nations 2010: France's Mathieu Bastareaud goes up against Brian O'Driscoll". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 10 February 2010.

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