Thursday, 7 February 2019

Positional switch for Mathieu Bastareaud?

I’ve long thought Mathieu Bastareaud too slow to command a place in the French backline and now it appears that former France outside half Thomas Castaignede agrees with me.

I don’t, however, share Castaignede’s belief that the Toulon centre could launch a new international career at number 8, nor agree with his ludicrous assertion that Bastareaud “could be even better than Louis Picamoles.”

I’ve no doubt that Bastareaud could learn to play number 8, given time, but any suggestion that he could be good enough to play there at international level is, I suggest, fanciful and serves only to illustrate Castaignede’s knowledge of backrow play.

In any event, I always thought Bastareaud would make an excellent tighthead prop 😉

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