Rugby fans outside of France, and even from within at times, have not been afraid to criticise Mathieu Bastareaud throughout his career.
With a body shape that has more in common with that of a large front row forward, the 120 kg centre often finds himself at the wrong end of jokes pointed in his direction.
Indeed for many, Bastareaud embodies all that has gone wrong with French rugby since the turn of the century. Too large, too slow and not at all subtle, the 39 times capped international has little in common with players such as Philippe Sella or Émile Ntamack.
Nevertheless, at times Bastareaud’s immense size and power bring their own benefits, as he has previously been able to smash his way through hardened flankers.
Although these such examples have grown rare in recent years, against Saracens he displayed just how destructive he can be in the tackle, by smashing the unfortunate Alex Lozowski.
However, to his credit, Lozowski immediately recovered, showing little sign of any damage done.
What. A. Hit!
— BT Sport Rugby (@btsportrugby) January 21, 2017
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena