Mathieu Bastareaud will play in the new American league

Mathieu Bastareaud will play in the new American league

French star Mathieu Bastareaud will play in the new American league, he published a video where he confirms it. He is destined to become the biggest name to play club rugby in the United States. While he was in negotiations with South African franchise Sharks, he has instead wrapped up a different move.

He followed a meeting between Mourad Boudjellal and Pierre Arnald, former Stade Francais employee and current general manager of Rugby United New York moving away from the top 14.

Bastareaud’s willingness to take a substantial cut in payment just to sample the Big Apple experience was what caught the attention of Rugby United. From December 1, 2019, until the end of June 2020, he will stay in New York. After that, he will return to his current club Toloun and finish with the season as it stands in his contract.

To his desire to temporarily leave, club coach Patrice Collazo and owner Boudjellal had no disputes. They only set a couple of conditions; there will be no move to England or any club that Toulon could potentially face in the Champions Cup.

Bastareaud announced his last matches in Toulon and described his desire to join New York team as a new adventure and change. He decided to join New York after the world cup. Rugby United New York won eight of their first 11 matches this season so now they are sitting fourth in the nine-team league.

Their best contract before Bastareaud’s was with Ben Foden, former England International who won 34 caps before quitting for a trip across the Atlantic. After signing, Foden said he believes that America is the next big rugby playing nation and that he’s impatient to help in the development of young talent.

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