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Mathieu Bastareaud
France
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Full name Mathieu Bastareaud
Born September 17, 1988, Creteil
Current age 25 years 338 days
Major teams Barbarians, Stade Français, Toulon, France
Position Centre
Height 6 ft 0 in
Weight 244 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2009-2014 25 17 8 10 2 0 0 0 13 11 1 54.00
Five/Six Nations 2009-2014 18 14 4 10 2 0 0 0 11 6 1 63.88

Career statistics
Test debut France v Wales at Stade de France, Feb 27, 2009 match details
Last Test Australia v France at Sydney, Jun 21, 2014 match details
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While Mathieu Bastareaud is an alarmingly powerful player, he also boasts a fine turn of speed and accomplished handling game that belies his bulky physical frame.

A cousin of the France and Arsenal centre-back, William Gallas, Bastareaud burst on to the scene at the 2007 Under-19 World Cup in Belfast. A product of the youth system of French third division side SU Massy, he represented their first team and later earned a contract with Paris-based Stade. Following some impressive performances in France's top division he was called into the national squad to face Wales during the 2009 Six Nations following an injury to Perpignan's Maxime Mermoz and went straight into the starting XV.

Later in 2009, he was the subject of a media storm when he falsified an account of an assault while in New Zealand with the French side. He later retracted the claims and admitted he had been drunk and had sustained the injuries in his hotel room. The player added that he had panicked and concocted the story to avoid getting in trouble with team management.

The alleged incident drew an initial apology from New Zealand Prime Minister John Key but following the later revelations his French counterpart Francois Fillon was forced to express his regret. On his return to France, Bastareaud was reportedly admitted to a psychiatric hospital for treatment.

He was eventually ordered to complete community service by the FFR, with a three-month suspended playing ban. He was not considered for selection France's November series later that year, but was handed a recall in early 2010 as France prepared for the Six Nations. n the opening game of the tournament, against Scotland at Murrayfield, he scored a first-half brace of tries to power France to an 18-9 victory. France went on to win a Grand Slam, with Bastareaud featuring in every game. Following the tournament he signed a three-year contract extension with Stade.

But he cut this contract short and joined Toulon ahead of the 2011-12 season. He re-found some of his best form here and come the 2012-13 season, he was being mentioned as a contender for the France team. And ahead of the 2013 Six Nations, Bastareaud was named in France's squad for their opening clash.

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Aug 15, 2014
Toulon's Mathieu Bastareaud takes the ball into contact
Toulon's Mathieu Bastareaud takes the ball into contact
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May 24, 2014
Saracens' Dave Strettle is sandwiched by Toulon's Mathieu Bastareaud and Juan Smith
Saracens' Dave Strettle is sandwiched by Toulon's Mathieu Bastareaud and Juan Smith
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May 24, 2014
Drew Mitchell, Mathieu Bastareaud, Matt Giteau and Jonny Wilkinson pose with the Heineken Cup
Drew Mitchell, Mathieu Bastareaud, Matt Giteau and Jonny Wilkinson pose with the Heineken Cup
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May 3, 2014
Mathieu Bastareaud charges upfield
Mathieu Bastareaud charges upfield
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