French back Bouthier extends contract with Montpellier until 2023

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Montpellier (France) (AFP) – French side back Anthony Bouthier has extended his contract with Montpellier by two years until 2023, the top 14 clubs announced on Monday.

Bouthier, who landed in Montpellier last summer from the Pro D2 team from Vannes, has had great form this season which saw him start as a side back for France in the first four games of the Six Nations team.

“I feel good in this city and at the club,” said the 27-year-old who became an overnight sensation on the Internet after a booming clearing kick in his international debut against England in February over 90 meters.

“I made the choice to stay because it was Montpellier that made me discover the highest level and trusted me for a year.

“It is also a club which has the ambition to win its first Top 14 title.”

Bouthier has played 17 games with Montpellier this season, cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Eighth in the Top 14 before the interruption, Montpellier also obtained contract extensions for new French players Mohamed Haouas and Arthur Vincent, as well as promising winger Gabriel Ngandebe.

The club announced last week the departure of another French international, the 31-year-old veteran Benjamin Fall.

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