Toulon confirm Bastareaud deal
July 9, 2011
Mathieu Bastareaud is quitting Stade Francais to link up with Toulon © Getty Images
Toulon have announced the signing of Mathieu Bastareaud after the French international was granted an early release from his contract with Stade Francais.
The powerful centre had been hoping to force through a move to Toulon for weeks but the deal was being held up by Stade's refusal to allow one of their star players to leave before his contract with the club had expired.
However, after a meeting between Stade's new president, Thomas Savare, and his Toulon counterpart Mourad Boudjellal in Carcassonne on Thursday the transfer was given the green light.
Bastareaud has agreed a three-year contract with his new employers and now looks set to form a mouth-watering midfield partnership with another high-profile arrival at Toulon, Wallaby star Matt Giteau, who will move to France after this year's World Cup.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Stingers, a rampaging Fijian and two Dannys looking to be champions of the world - Monday Maul looks at some key talking points
The latest Week in Pictures takes in the Top 14, Super Rugby and the Aviva Premiership with fireworks and monsters both featuring
Firdose Moonda looks at the moves towards greater integration within South African rugby ... and what the future holds
It is 100 years this week since the last international match played in Europe before the outbreak of World War One. Rewind remembers the fixture's longest-living survivor