Mathieu Bastareaud Has Made A Decision On His Next Club

Done deal.

France centre Mathieu Bastareaud has been on the hunt for a new club over the last few weeks, with the 30-year-old linked with a number of teams.

The 54-times capped former France internationals is set to move to Major League Rugby side Rugby United New York next year, but is set to continue plying his trade in Europe until Christmas after he was left out of France’s World Cup squad, prompting his international retirement.

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Irish province Munster reportedly made the powerful centre a “concrete offer”, with Stade Francais and Toulouse also said to be interested. But it’s Top 14 side Lyon that have won the race for his signature.

“If he has built a reputation for his power and rugby skill, Mathieu Bastareaud, who was the captain of Toulon from 2017, is also a leader,” Lyon said in a statement.