Top 14 winner still can’t believe he’s made the France squad

first_imgWednesday Jun 26, 2019 Top 14 winner still can’t believe he’s made the France squad The biggest shock of Jacques Brunel’s French training squad announcement last week was the omission of veteran centre Mathieu Bastareaud. ADVERTISEMENTThe powerful back has been one of France’s headline players over the years, and while he has been in and out of the team due to form and disciplinary issues, he is world class on his day. However, Brunel highlighted fitness as a major concern when he was selecting his initial training squad, and subsequently, the 20 stone centre has missed out. With all the furore surrounding Bastareaud, little attention was given to the man that replaced him, Sofiane Guitoune. The 30-year-old Toulouse centre has been in international exile since the 2015 World Cup, but a barnstorming campaign with the French champions meant Brunel had little choice but to pick him. WATCH: Beautiful no-look offload creates the most memorable of European triesThe five-cap international took to Instagram recently to say that he still cannot believe he has been selected a week on. To some, Guitoune’s selection may have come as a surprise given Bastareaud’s reputation and experience. But this is a suggestion that Brunel has looked to form in this instance, as Bastareaud has been part of a struggling Toulon team, and was actually relying on his reputation to make the team. On the other hand, Guitoune has been sensational in a Toulouse backline that have been rampant this season, winning the Top 14. He may not be as powerful as the Toulon centre, but he is still a strong runner and is capable of playing anywhere in the outside backs. This versatility would surely have helped him in earning a place, as he may fit seamlessly into the French backline, which is likely to have a number of his club teammates in it. ADVERTISEMENTThroughout his tenure with France, Brunel has come under heavy criticism for his selections, but this is a big call that is warranted, even if it still surprises Guitoune. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Player Features Related Articles 28 WEEKS AGO New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell… 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary… 30 WEEKS AGO The highs and lows of Yoann Huget after he… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more