Friday evening, after the title of Toulon in the Challenge Cup, the 3rd French line Mathieu Bastareaud (34 years old) announced that he would retire at the end of the current season.
At 34, Mathieu Bastareaud will say stop. Indeed, Friday evening, shortly after the title won by Toulon against Glasgow in the final of the Challenge Cup, the 3rd French line announced on the lawn of the Aviva Stadium in Dublin that he was going to put an end to his career at the end of the current season.
“I’m not going to make any mystery. For me, it will be my last trophy and next week it will be my last game at Mayol. I gritted my teeth for a year because I told myself that I wanted to quit on my own two legs. It’s done. I said that I wanted to at least win a title by returning to Toulon, because I had not come to the nursing home, let’s say, and I have the chance to win one last trophy before bowing out.declared in particular the former center, who had the best hours of the RCT, at the microphone of beIN Sports.
One last great party in Mayol
Not spared from major injuries in recent years, especially to both knees in November 2021, “Bastarocket” will therefore have won his bet by winning a last European title with the Rade club, which he had left from 2019 to 2022. in particular by the Stade Français and Lyon, the native of Créteil will be especially illustrated in the Var, where he won the Champions Cup three times (from 2013 to 2015) and once the Top 14 (against Castres in 2014).
On his record, Bastareaud (54 selections, 5 tries) also has the Grand Slam achieved with the XV of France, during the 6 Nations Tournament in 2010. Big name in French rugby, the 3rd line should therefore be celebrated as it should be by Mayol, on May 28 against Bordeaux-Bègles. Note that at 39, the Italian 3rd line Sergio Parisse also declared that he was going to put an end to his immense career in the coming weeks.