Irish Province Make “Concrete Offer” To Sign Mathieu Bastareaud

Wanted man.

France centre Mathieu Bastareaud is a man in demand right now after he was left out of France’s Rugby World Cup squad, before he subsequently retired from international rugby altogether.

The Toulon centre has agreed a deal to move to MLR side Rugby United New York in time for their 2020 season, but now must decide what he will do in the short-term now that he’s not heading to Japan.

Toulon (and everyone else) presumed he would be heading to the World Cup with France and as a result – did not register him for the 2019/20 season. His contract with Toulon however,  runs until December 1 – meaning he’s now available on a short-term deal for around three months.

And it looks like Bastareaud could find himself in Ireland in time for the new season, with French newspaper Midi Olympique reporting that Munster have made him a “concrete offer” to come in as World Cup cover.

Stade Francais and Montpellier have also apparently made him offers so the choice is up to Bastareaud. A move to Munster though would certainly be interesting.