Mathieu Bastareaud back in Toulon, it’s official

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Mathieu Bastareaud back in Toulon, it’s official

There, it’s done ! Mathieu Bastareaud re-signed for a season with RC Toulon, his favorite club in which he had spent eight years between 2011 and 2019, won three European titles (2013, 2014 and 2015) and a Brennus, in 2014. He is even likely that he will play again on Sunday at Mayol, for the 3rd day of Top 14, against Clermont. The day before, he will have celebrated his 34th birthday.

The international (54 caps), now converted to number 8, accompanied by his adviser Laurent Quaglia, met Bernard Lemaître, president of the RCT, and Laurent Emmanuelli, the club’s sporting director, at the start of the afternoon this Thursday. . And they agreed.

The doc had to agree

Since several weeks both parties were considering this possibilitybut it had to be validated by the final decision of Doctor Didier Demory and the medical staff of the RCT. “We all need to be reassured, Mathieu and the club, told us the doctor a few days ago. The worst thing would be to give yourself false parameters because you believe in him, and it would be a disaster on the pitch. »

After a phase of rehabilitation at the CERS in Saint-Raphaël, then a phase of re-athletics, the player made a rise in power this summer with the physical trainers of the club. Last week, Bastareaud did high intensity training with the group and it seems that all the indicators have been green. His body has become strong enough to withstand the workloads of a top level rugby player.

Bastareaud has come a long way. On November 27, 2021, in Mayol, the LOU jersey on his back, he collapsed in the 5th minute of play, joint rupture of the knee ligaments. A rare case. The emergency services had taken infinite pains to stretch him out. Shot on oxygen, Bastareaud did not hear Mayol’s ovation welcoming his exit. If he comes into play on Sunday against Clermont, he can savor it this time.

“Mathieu has shown exceptional self-sacrifice in rediscovering his physical abilities which are his strength, believes Bernard Lemaître. In addition to all the qualities that we know of him, Mathieu will bring his experience and his leadership to the group and thus be one of the leaders who reassure and guide the team. We are delighted to have him among us and we want to give him the end of the career he deserves. »

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