Bastareaud agrees new Stade deal
March 24, 2010
Mathieu Bastareaud has signed a new deal with Stade Francais © Getty Images
Rampaging centre Mathieu Bastareaud has signed his first professional contract with Stade Francais days after helping France to a Six Nations Grand Slam.
Bastareaud, 21, has agreed to stay with Stade through to 2013, having joined the Parisian club from third-division side SU Massy in 2007.
After his high-profile disciplinary problems last summer Bastareaud played a major role in France's clean sweep, which culminated with victory over England at the Stade de France on March 20.
While on tour to New Zealand with France in the summer of 2009 Bastareaud fabricated an assault story, eventually revealing that his injuries were caused by a fall in his hotel room stemming from having had too much to drink.
Marc Lievremont overlooked Bastareaud for their autumn international campaign but handed him a lifeline in their Six Nations squad, a chance that the centre took with both hands by scoring a brace in their opening victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.
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