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Watch: Mathieu Bastareaud Is Back To His Brilliant And Bruising Best For Toulon

LLANELLI, WALES - DECEMBER 18: Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud makes a break during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Scarlets and RC Toulonnais at Parc Y Scarlets on December 18, 2016 in Llanelli, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Mathieu Bastareaud could be a contender to start for France in the Six Nations, by the looks of things.

With the Six Nations fast approaching, France are seen my many as rank outsiders. Les Bleus have to travel to both Twickenham and the Aviva Stadium in a testing set of fixtures, although the November series offered hope.

Narrow losses to New Zealand and Australia gave a glimpse have been so much more, but overall France fans can be quietly optimistic that they could be dark horses this spring.

One player who could make a real difference to the side is Mathieu Bastareaud. The Toulon centre is famed for his running and power, but has struggled to gain a foot-hold in the France side since Guy Noves took charge.

However, the 28 year-old may be the answer to Noves’ prayers if he elects to include the controversial centre in his squad for the Six Nations.

The temptation may be telling, as Bastareaud appears to be back to his bruising best.

Judging by his display against Racing 92 recently, Bastareaud definitely has something to offer Les Bleus this year.

It is clear that his pace and power would be a handful for any defence in Europe, and his experience playing alongside Wesley Fofana for the national side.

Watch this space, as the championship draws closer.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.