Bastareaud fears for his future with France

Toulon and France centre Mathieu Bastareaud has admitted that he fears for
his future with France ahead of the Rugby World Cup which starts next month.

The Rugby World Cup kicks off next month and the 26-year-old centre has mostly
been used as a battering ram in the midfield, making him unique among France’s
five-eighths options.

But the cousin of former France international footballer William Gallas says
that every species eventually becomes extinct.

“It’s like the dinosaurs: they were there and then suddenly, they disappeared,”
he said, laughing, at Wednesday’s press conference at France’s Marcoussis training
base.

“They also had a unique profile and yet you don’t see them any more! It’s
true I have an unusual profile but (the coaches) could very easily decide to
proceed without me.

“I work hard, I’m trying to give my all every time, to improve and then
they’ll make a decision and we’ll see.”

Bastareaud is up against Wesley Fofana, Gael Fickou, Remi Lamerat and Alexandre
Dumoulin for the three or four midfield places in coach Philippe Saint-Andre’s
final World Cup squad.

And after helping club side Toulon to a third straight European Cup triumph
last season, Bastareaud’s confidence should be high.

Yet he isn’t getting carried away.

“The way I work is to tell myself that everything you’ve done is in the
past.

“One season you can be at the top and the next, someone’s overtaken you.

“Perhaps in the moment I took confidence. You feel proud to have won all
those trophies, but I believe what the old guard has taught me: that there’s
always someone to come along and challenge you, so you must always be on your
guard.”

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