French leader Mathieu Bastareaud posted a video message confirming that he would play in the new American league after the World Cup in Japan. The midfielder Toulon was in negotiations last January on a possible dalliance with Sharks, the Super Rugby franchise based in Durban.
Fans are excited to see Bastareaud performance in this year’s tournament, people are buying tickets for rugby world cup 2019. However, the 30-year-old decided to retire from the Top 14 after a meeting between Mourad Boudjellal and Pierre Arnald. Managing director of Rugby United New York, which was also attended by Bastareaud and his agent in Toulon.
Arnald, the former employee of Stade Français, reportedly answered calls from many French internationals before taking Bastareaud into consideration. The willingness of the midfielder to undergo a big pay cut in order to taste the Big Apple’s experience was what interested the fledgeling Rugby United.
New York will welcome it from December 1, 2019, to end June 2020 before returning to Toulon. Club coach Patrice Collazo and owner Boudjellal did not object to their player’s desire to leave temporarily.
“I will not remain secret, these are my last games in Toulon, I try to live it thoroughly,” he said.
“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 the level of the family, the experience of life and playing rugby. “
Boudjellal has never asked that two conditions to facilitate the desire of Bastareaud to change the scene. There would be no move to England or a club that Toulon could potentially face in the Champions Cup.
If he had gone to South Africa, Bastareaud would not have been the first Frenchman to play for the Sharks at the Currie Cup or Super Rugby.
Rugby United New York has started Major League Rugby this season, winning eight of their first eleven appearances and placing fourth in the nine-team league.
Before the capture of Bastareaud, Ben Foden, the former 33-year-old international, won 34 caps before leaving the Premiership for a crossing across the Atlantic.
After signing, Foden said, “I am confident that the United States is the next big rugby nation and I look forward to helping young talent in the professional ranks.
“My family and I have always wanted to venture across the pond to America and now have the opportunity to look forward to both hands.”
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