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French player assaulted after defeat in NZ



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French international centre Mathieu Bastareaud was assaulted early on Sunday morning by around five people following France’s 14-10 second Test defeat by New Zealand.

The 20-year-old was attacked as he got out of a taxi at the team’s hotel and appeared on Sunday with a bruised and swollen face.

“They (the attackers) abused him verbally and he responded to that,” said France team manager Jo Maso.

“They then piled into him. There were four or five of them.”


Bastareaud, who is a cousin of veteran France central defender William Gallas, was to undergo a scan on his injuries in Australia – where they play the Wallabies next Saturday – on Monday morning.

“Bastareaud is suffering from significant facial bruising,” said the team doctor Jean-Philippe Hager.

“He will undergo another scan on Monday in order to check that he is not suffering from a more significant injury.”

Nevertheless, the Stade Francais star is out of the test match with Australia and will return to France after the scan.

“We asked him whether he wanted to make a formal complaint but he didn’t want to,” said Maso.

“We respect his decision. We sent a letter to the New Zealand federation to alert them as to what happened.”

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