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Transfer Rumours: Bastareaud linked with Sharks move

France centre Mathieu Bastareaud could join the Sharks for a year-long stint in 2020.

According to French rugby newspaper Midi Olympique, the Toulon captain has a clause in his contract that could allow him a short stint outside Europe.

Bastareaud reportedly met with Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal to activate the clause.

The 30-year-old has ambitions of playing in Super Rugby, and while he is being pursued by Japanese teams, he would apparently prefer a move to the Sharks after spending a couple of weeks in Durban in 2017.

The report goes on to say that a meeting to finalise Bastareaud’s exit will be held after the Six Nations. He will sign a pre-contract with Toulon for 2021.

The Sharks have previously signed French internationals in Thierry Lacroix, Olivier Roumat, Freddy Michalak and Clément Poitrenaud.


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