Toulon release Bastareaud

Toulon release Bastareaud

Toulon have released a statement confirming the release of Mathieu Bastareaud from his contract at the club by mutual agreement.

In the statement, the club said the centre "wanted a new challenge for four months before joining Major League Rugby team Rugby United New York."

“I’m not going to be secretive, these are my last matches in Toulon, I try to live it thoroughly,” Bastareaud said when confirming his move to New York back in April.

“I chose to join the New York team. It’s a new adventure for me. It’s important for me to finish here. I wanted to change. It was the best compromise for me at family level, life experience and to play rugby.”

Toulon President Mourad Boudjellal also added that the door to a return from the 2020-2021 season is open for the 30-year-old.

According to reports, Bastareaud could go to Lyon before New York, with Munster and the Sharks seen as possible clubs where he'll sign a short term deal.

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