Mathieu Bastareaud, the former French center who sadly lied to New Zealand police for being assaulted, is now a beefy No.8 after packing the beef.
Back in France for Lyon, Bastareaud, 32, is registered on the club’s website as n ° 8 of 125 kg.
When he arrived in the United States in preparation for the 2020 Major League rugby season in what would be a short and unflattering stint for Rugby United New York, Bastareaud was said to have blown to 140kg before dropping down to around 130kg for the opening of the season. .
Bastareaud, who is listed on the Lyon website as 1.85cm tall, missed the selection for France’s 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign in Japan because then coach Jacques Brunel allegedly wanted more speed in his baseline.
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Filling in the time for Lyon, having previously played for Toulon, at the end of 2019 Bastareaud played a handful of games behind the scrum before heading to the United States.
He was judged in midfield for Rugby United New York but reportedly struggled with the pace of the match and his physical form had therefore risen to No.8.
Five games after his stint in New York, the global Covid-19 pandemic ended the Major League Rugby season and Bastareaud returned to France for a two-year contract with Lyon.
What wasn’t widely known at the time was that he would play exclusively as a No.8, where he has since excelled in recent months.
In 2009, Bastareaud, then 20, lied to New Zealand police about being “hit” by five men in a central Wellington taxi rank after a test between France and the Allies. Blacks.
CCTV footage later showed Bastareaud was returning to the team’s hotel unharmed.
He will later say that he lied and that he actually hurt himself when he was drunk and hit his head on a table.
Bastareaud has never been small as a midfielder.
When he lied to police about being ‘beaten’ in Wellington at the age of 20, he weighed 111 kg.
He has spent much of his testing career at around 117kg and even up to 120kg.
Bastareaud revealed details of his infamous night in Wellington in his 2015 book Head High: Confessions of an child terrible of rugby, in which he also spoke about his battles with alcohol and depression.