French centre Bastareaud quits international rugby
NEWS: Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud announced his retirement from international rugby Wednesday a day after he was left out of France’s World Cup squad.
In a major bombshell, Bastareaud, 30, was omitted from French coach Jacques Brunel’s squad of 37 players named Tuesday for the World Cup taking place in Japan starting September 20.
Capped 54 times and twice captain of Les Blues, Bastareaud, who joins Rugby United New York next season, said on Twitter “The blue page has turned,” adding that he had been proud to represent France and wished his teammates well in Japan.
La route n’a pas tjs été facile mais porter ce maillot, représenter mon pays, ma famille, a été ma plus grande fierté !
Je suis heureux d’avoir pu réaliser ce rêve de gosse…
La page bleue se tourne ! Bonne chance aux copains pour ce bel événement qui les attend ! Peace ✌🏾 pic.twitter.com/xzjYKO9NYt
— Mathieu Bastareaud (@BastaOfficiel) June 19, 2019