PARIS – Mathieu Bastareaud announced his retirement from international rugby on Wednesday, a day after he was left out of France’s World Cup squad.
In a major bombshell, Bastareaud, 30, was omitted from French coach Jacques Brunel’s squad of 37 players named on Tuesday for the World Cup taking place in Japan starting on September 20.
Capped 54 times and twice captain of Les Blues, Bastareaud, who is leaving French club Toulon to join Rugby United New York next season on loan, tweeted “The blue page has turned,” adding that he had been proud to represent France and wished his teammates well in Japan.
“It has not always been an easy road, but wearing the jersey, representing my country, my family, has been my biggest pride,” wrote the player, whose signing is the biggest recruit to the Major League Rugby project.
“I am happy to have been able to make this childhood dream come true.”