Mathieu Bastareaud Set For Shock Loan Move Away From Toulon

Loan deal.

France international centre Mathieu Bastareaud is reportedly edging closer to a loan move away from Toulon.

The powerful centre has long been linked with a short-term deal away from the French giants post-World Cup, with a move to Super Rugby mooted at one stage.

But it now seems he’s set for a shock stint in New York with MLR franchise Rugby United New York (RUNY) – who already have former England international Ben Foden on his books.

According to Midol, Bastareaud met with RUNY officials over the weekend and could join the franchise on a six-month deal from December until June, before returning to Toulon for the 2020/21 season. This would be massive for rugby in America if it goes through.