My Life In Pictures with Mathieu Bastareaud

first_imgFor so long the French centre was one of Europe’s brightest stars. After a stint in New York, Bastareaud reflects on his amazing journey. This first appeared in Rugby World magazine in April. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Roaring success: In MArseille, 2017 (Getty Images) Roaring success, 2017“This photo (the main image above) is from a Top 14 semi-final against La Rochelle, 
at the Vélodrome stadium in Marseille,” says Mathieu Bastareaud. “It was not a simple game, they played very well.“But they took a red card (Pierre Aguillon, tip tackle) when they were leading 15-6. We played well and won through a last-second drop-goal from Anthony Belleau. Big breath. It was very intense!”Early years: With stade Francais (Getty Images)Paris, je t’aime, 2008“It was a special time for 
me because I’m from a little city (Créteil) close to Paris, I was born there. I played for the biggest club in Paris, in front of my family and also with legends like Christophe Dominici, Juan Martín Hernández and Ignacio Corleto.In Dublin (Getty Images)“When I started training at Stade 
I was impressed. They helped me be more confident with my rugby. Paris remains a special club for me and for French people because the spirit of the team is very different.”Big breakthrough, 2013“This was Toulon’s first European Cup final (in Dublin) and one of my best memories on the pitch. People thought Clermont would win – and they almost did with world-class play – but after Delon Armitage’s try we had our first big trophy (16-15). From then we created something special.”Respect: After facing Austin (Getty Images)King of New York, 2020“I’d been speaking with a club in South Africa, but they took too long and I needed to secure my family’s future. Then Rugby United New York came in and I knew one of their owners from Stade before. I wanted to leave France and see a new culture. I didn’t know anything about the city, the culture.“I was excited to go somewhere I knew nothing about. So I said ‘yes’ quickly. It (was) 
a great opportunity and in two or three years Major League Rugby will be a great place for rugby.”Big kiss: With Huget (Inpho)Pucker up, 2015“It’s a good one, this. Yoann (Huget) knows that I will never express my feelings. Sometimes 
I am very happy inside but I will also look p***ed off or nervous!Sad day (Getty Images)“So he loves playing jokes on me. He knew the photographer was there and so he kissed me 
at that exact moment. I remember I ran after him after that!”World Cup misery, 2015“We took 60 points in the quarters. I was so disappointed about my Rugby World Cup. I expected to play better but I put a lot of pressure on my shoulders. I didn’t play as I wanted, especially against Ireland. I played badly, which is why I was on the bench here for New Zealand. I was so frustrated.“And when I got on the pitch they were already 30 points ahead. We have a saying, ‘Impossible is not French’. But when you play the 
All Blacks it can be impossible! I knew the World Cup was finished and you never know if you can play another one, so I was sad.”At home: Representing France (Getty Images)Test baptism, 2009“I was very nervous before playing Wales. I wasn’t in the team at the start of the tournament 
and didn’t expect to be capped. Maxime Mermoz got injured and they called me. My phone was ringing and I didn’t recognise the number, so I didn’t answer. For an hour I thought, ‘Who called me?’“Christophe Dominici was my coach at Stade then and he called to ask what I was doing. I was at home after training and he said, ‘Pack your bag, you’re with the French team.’ I thought it was 
a joke but I was so nervous.“I called my mother and she began crying, she was so happy. 
I phoned someone with the team to ask what to bring. ‘Just bring underwear and boots,’ he said.“I expected to be on the bench so when the coach (Marc Lièvremont) said I was starting, I was in shock. Dominici called and said not to be nervous, enjoy it.“I have good memories. Tom Shanklin was my opposite 13 and afterwards gave me his jersey. He said, ‘Don’t worry, I know it’s your first cap.’ It was a good present as I remember watching him in 2005 when Wales won the Grand Slam.”Here’s Jonny: With Wilkinson (Getty Images)Toulon too good, 2011“I wasn’t picked for the 2011 World Cup. It was hard because 
I wasn’t playing well, I wasn’t fit.“I lost myself along the way. At the Six Nations I was good but I needed to work harder, day after day. In Paris, you can get lost if you’re young and get famous. In Paris you can do anything, on any day, at any hour. Paris is the best city to lose your way!“I thought I needed a big change. I had to move club and change city, not stay in my comfort zone. Because even when I played bad I knew I’d play the next game.center_img “Philippe Saint-André was the coach at Toulon. I met him and then I said, ‘Why not?’ Toulon 
had won nothing but they were ambitious and had already signed Bakkies Botha and Matt Giteau, and Jonny (Wilkinson) was there. So I knew that it would be difficult to play, with a lot of good players. 
I accepted the challenge.“This was Jonny’s first game 
after the World Cup. He’d just got back and he could have gone on holiday, but he asked to play and I thought, ‘Whoah! That’s amazing!’ During my years with him, that was a good model for me.”New role: At No 8 (PA Images)Great eight, 2019“I could have stayed in Toulon if I wanted; it wasn’t the same as Paris, I chose to leave Stade, but in Toulon I was starting to be bigger than just a player. A new coach wants his players to play for him and sometimes we weren’t on the same page. So 
I preferred to move and let the club grow with a new coach, 
new players, a new chairman.“In Toulon the coach already asked me about playing No 8 and I said, ‘Why not!’ When I moved 
to Lyon, the coach said he heard about that and again I said, ‘I think I can play No 8.’ It would be a new experience, a new pleasure on the pitch, so he said, ‘Let’s go.’“It’s not the same. In the backs you have to run, tackle, take contact, but there’s rest. In the forwards it’s scrums, lineout, clear rucks, win collisions. You never stop. It’s not the same rugby!”Big mistake: In New Zealand in 2009 (Getty Images)A harsh lesson, 2009“When I think back to that tour of New Zealand, I was young and I needed to be more clever, to trust my team-mates, because 
I made a mistake. Like a kid who didn’t want to be caught, I lied (he fell into a table after a night out and damaged his face, but at first claimed he was jumped by five locals. He was sent home when CCTV footage later emerged). It was bad, then it was very bad when I came home. In France 
it was a big, big, big, big story.“The prime minister talked about it in the newspapers. A lot of people talked badly about me. That was very hard for me but more for my family. They knew 
I made a mistake but all those 
bad comments, for me it was 
too much for my mistake. I had killed nobody but then some journalists tried to go to my mother’s house, and they called my father with withheld numbers.“It was very hard for my family. But at the end of this story I think it made me stronger, in my head. After that I saw the real face of professional world rugby. I was on top but after two months people talked of me like garbage.”Tunnel vision: Leading France out (Inpho)Captain’s call, 2018“For me to captain France was very special for my family. I got sick before the game as I was so nervous. I had a lot of feelings.“I was thinking about ten years ago in New Zealand, I was thinking about my mother and father, I was thinking of my first training when I was a kid. I had 
all those feelings and I was so stressed. When you are captain 
of your club that’s fine. But when you captain your country, you represent all of your country.“To have this honour, it’s one of my best memories. Yeah, my mum was so proud because since I started she would support me through the good and bad and she always trusted me. So that was a good present for her.”Team building: Before the RWC (Getty Images)Mountain man, 2015“This was before the 2015 World Cup and we went to Tignes for a training camp. We went for a big hike, starting at 5am to be on the top of the mountain by 11. That was very hard! For the team it’s important to work hard together. We had a lot of fun together too.”Sharing a moment: With the Baa-Baas (Getty Images)Barbarian days, 2019“My first time with the Baa-Baas was in 2011. Every time someone asked me what it was like I said, ‘Amazing.’ So when they called to ask about the 2019 tour I couldn’t say no. This is the rugby I love – just take pleasure, share it with players from other countries, it’s great. I enjoyed my three weeks with the boys.“I wore a sock for Massy, my club before I joined Paris. It’s important for me to remember where I come from and I was with Massy three years. I learnt a lot and played my first season in the third division 
at 18 and it was really hard – it wasn’t rugby but a fight! That 
was good for me, mentally.”This feature with Mathieu Bastareaud first appeared in Rugby World magazine in April. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Coleman improves after disappointing in season opener

first_imgDaJuan Coleman is placing most of his focus on two particular elements of his game: catching the ball deep in the paint and keeping it high once he has it.On Tuesday, he showed improvement in both areas. After finishing with a mere two points and four rebounds against Cornell, Coleman posted a double-double in No. 9 Syracuse’s (2-0) 89-74 win over Fordham (1-1) at the Carrier Dome in front of 22,667.“DaJuan played his game,” freshman forward B.J. Johnson said. “Came up big with some rebounds. He played very well.”Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said Coleman is a force down low and does a good job corralling rebounds. He had 10 against Fordham, seven of which came on the offensive glass.“He gets in the middle,” Boeheim said. “He gets his hands on balls.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLate in the first half, Coleman snatched a C.J. Fair miss. He missed a layup, but after the ball deflected off Jerami Grant’s chest, Coleman grabbed it and elevated to shoot.The shot swirled around the rim and fell. Coleman was fouled and his free throw extended SU’s lead to 42-19.There were times when Coleman was inefficient, though.On one play in the second half, he started with the ball 3 feet outside the paint and thumped his way inside and forced a shot.Assistant coach Mike Hopkins, who works with Coleman in practice, stood up and swung his fist. Hopkins seemed to be half excited about the move and half frustrated with the shot selection and that Coleman didn’t finish.Coleman said he’s working on positioning himself deeper inside so he can rise up to the basket and not have to make an unnecessarily complicated move to get toward the rim.“The further I get it the easier it’s going to be to score,” Coleman said.Coleman finished 3-of-6 on Tuesday, and all of his field goals came in the paint.“That’s the way it should be,” Boeheim said. “If anything, he worked too much away from the paint.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 13, 2013 at 12:58 am Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

ThurstonTalk Expands

first_imgDan Jones (left) and Martin McElliott lead the ThurstonTalk team.ThurstonTalk, buoyed by local readers and energetic customers, has expanded into new office space.“In the new West Olympia office space, our 25-person team can comfortably gather together to collaborate, strategize, and work on business development,” explains ThurstonTalk’s CEO Dan Jones.The past 18-months have shown constant growth for ThurstonTalk including recognition by the Thurston County Economic Development Council as the New Business of the Year in April.“A big thank you goes to The Rants Group who leased ThurstonTalk Class A office space in the Market Place building downtown,” adds Jones.  “The flexibility provided by the terms of our lease enabled ThurstonTalk to grow and prosper.”ThurstonTalk celebrates its two-year anniversary in October.  ThurstonTalk writes positive stories about people, businesses, and organizations doing good things in Thurston County.   Stories are published at and delivered to over 21,000 Facebook followers across two pages.  ThurstonTalk currently sees over 250,000 views per month across its platform. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Jackson’s Hole Mixed Slopitch Champs

first_imgAll season Jackson’s Hole remained quietly close to the top of the Nelson Mixed Slopitch League. However, when playoff time came around the eventual champs put the gear in overdrive to capture its 15th Nelson Mixed Slopitch League title in the past 19 years Sunday at the Lakeside Ball Diamonds.Jackson’s built up a 13-0 lead en route to a 13-3 victory over Louie’s in the A-division final.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports needed all but a few seconds to select this week’s Team of the Week winner. Jackson’s Hole team includes, back row, L-R, Justin Willans, Kent Smith, Mick Roch, Jackson Slomba and Jarred Slomba.Middle, Al Faraguna, Melanie Faraguna, Michelle Lelievre, Rachael Stewart, Luree Gould, Rob Chernenko, and coach Joe Caprilione and Tanis Bouchier- Willans. Front, Abby Bouchier- Willans, Hayley Slomba, Andrew Falcone, Cole Laughton and Mike Laughton. Missing, Lorne Wuori, Vanessa Sapatch, Jayden Roch and Adam Wheeldon.last_img read more

Goalies too much for shooters as Rebels and Leafs exchange shutout wins

first_imgThe other contest ended in a rare tie.“These are two fairly even teams,” Maida confessed. “We have a great rivalry against Castlegar and our boys really look forward to playing every time we play them.”Friday, two goals in less than two minutes was the difference as Nelson edged Castlegar 3-0.The goals, by Matthew Naka and Colton McCarthy, came early in the third period.Jacob Boyczuk scored an insurance marker into the empty net.Nelson started both contests with only five defenceman due to injury bug that has hampered the blueline — one of the rearguards being converted forward Linden Horswill.And for the second game Nelson finished the game with only four D-men.“I’m looking forward to getting healthy on the blueline and see where we’re at,” Maida said. “So far I’ve been very pleased with our how the defence and goaltending is playing.”The Leafs have a full week of practice before resuming play Friday with a home doubleheader.North Okanagan Kings open the two-game set before Grand Forks Border Bruins pay a visit to the NDCC Arena Saturday.Both puck drops are at 7 p.m.Sunday Nelson makes its first visit to Spokane to face the Braves in an afternoon tilt.Castlegar has a short week before traveling to Grand Forks Thursday.ICE CHIP: Nelson defencemen Cam Weir and Cole Arcuri watched both games and are listed as day-to-day . . .. Rookie forward Damin Devlin also is on the sidelines after serving two of his three game suspension for removing his helmet during a fight against Chase Heat, October 7. . . .KIJHL teams have been experiencing problems with league website. The site was down Saturday which made it impossible for Castlegar executive to post the game stats to the website. KIJHL webmaster Harold Hazelaar said the problem is due to an issue with the website host which the league has no control over. The Castlegar Rebels rebounded from a heart-breaking road loss in a big way, stopping the Leafs cold Saturday night at the Complex.Brenden Heinrich scored midway through the second period and goalie Jordan Gluck continued his home dominance over the West Kootenay rivals sparking the Rebels to a 1-0 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory in Castlegar.It was the second time in as many games Gluck has shutout the Leafs — both by 1-0 scores.The win moves the Rebels back into top spot in the Murdoch Division standings, one point ahead of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks and two in front of the Leafs.Castlegar has played two more games than Beaver Valley.Kamloops Storm edged the Hawks 2-1 Saturday in Fruitvale.“I thought we out played them and out chanced them, (Rebel goalie Jordan) Gluck just made some big saves and key times,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida.“We just didn’t seem to have our puck luck tonight,” Maida added.“Thirty-seconds after they scored we hit the post then had a late power play but Gluck made some key saves for them.”The game was the second one-goal contest in the season series between the two Murdoch rivals and third time the match-up ended with a shutout.last_img read more


first_imgSHERMAN RECEIVES DORTMUND FROM KALEEM SHAHThe New Year began with surprising but welcome news for trainers Art Sherman and Doug O’Neill, recipients of some blueblood Thoroughbreds from owner/breeder Kaleem Shah, who moved his 13 horses from Bob Baffert, giving six to Sherman and seven to O’Neill.In an email, Baffert said he and Shah “have ended their business relationship.”Among those given to Sherman were 2015 Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund and Triple Crown hopeful Klimt, winner of the Grade I Del Mar Futurity this past September. Among those sent to O’Neill were three-year-old maiden winner Iliad, a son of 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, and American Gal, third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.“It was a big surprise for me,” said Sherman, who will send out 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome for his final race in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park. After that, it’s off to stud for the popular California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit who turned six today, so Dortmund could prove a fortuitous acquisition.“I only met Mr. Shah one time. He was very cordial and a very nice man,” Sherman said. “It came out of the blue. I’ve never had a client like him with so much money.”Sherman will ship California Chrome to Florida from Ontario Airport at 2 a.m. on Jan. 6. Sherman plans to leave Jan.19.“The horse is doing unbelievably good,” Sherman said.Said Doug O’Neill: “We’re so excited, blessed and grateful. We’re looking forward to being a part of Team Shah.”Added Doug’s brother, Dennis: “We were sitting in our suite at Santa Anita when we got the news. We were extremely surprised.” NAKATANI RETURNS TO SANTA ANITA A WINNERCorey Nakatani is back.Now 46, the native of Covina has returned to Santa Anita, site of some of his greatest triumphs, looking fresh, fit, and if the front-running win in Saturday’s second race on first-time starter Gogoula at 8-1 for trainer George Papaprodromou is any indication, formidable as well.For good measure, Nakatani won the fourth race, the $100,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes, aboard the Richard Baltas-trained Goodyearforroses.“I’m happy to be home,” said Nakatani, looking like he just sipped from the Fountain of Youth. “California is where I was born (in Covina), this is where I started racing (in 1988) and Santa Anita’s always had a special place in my heart. I was leading rider here (in 1995-96 and 1999-2000) and won so many stakes races (132, placing him eighth all-time at Santa Anita).”Nakatani was the leading apprentice rider in Southern California in 1989, topping the nation in earnings among ‘bug’ boys with $2.3 million. His victory on Goodyearforroses gave him 1,035 at Santa Anita, ninth on the track’s all-time list.“I’ve got my weight down to 118 pounds and I’m working out with Becky (Touber) at Sierra Fitness in Sierra Madre. I train sometimes two days a week and I need to lose about five pounds of muscle weight, which is a lot harder to lose. I’ve got to get back into the grind and do what I do best, which is riding horses.“So we started to do interval training two and three times a day. Becky came up with a regimen and it’s worked, but it’s not over yet. I’m just doing what I do best and enjoying it now that we’re healthy again. Everything’s fine now.”Nakatani overcame walking pneumonia after a recent stint at Oaklawn Park.“I’m going to get my weight down to 114, which would be perfect,” he said. “Then I could tack 17, 18 (pounds) every day. My training regimen is very similar to what Laffit (Pincay Jr.) had with Becky.”Corey’s agent is his son, Matt, who graduated from the University of Louisville two years ago and is mature beyond his 24 years. When Gogoula won, it marked his first win as an agent.“I studied sports management and communications,” Matt said, “and I planned to go to law school from there to be an NFL sports agent, but when the opportunity came for me to represent my father, I couldn’t turn it down. It was something I always wanted to do. I always loved following the horses. I think I’ve watched every race of my Dad’s for the past 10 years.“I follow the horses pretty heavily; my whole family’s involved. My Mom (Michele) is a trainer, my Aunt (Aimee) trains for Graham Motion, my grandfather (the late Wally Dollase) was a trainer and my uncle Craig is a trainer, so it’s always been in my blood from Day One.“I’ve always wanted to do it but never knew if I would get the opportunity. When my Dad stepped away for a little while, I knew I was going to be the key to getting him back, so I’ve been on him for months.“It took time, but when I said we should do this as a team, we’re here for each other and we have each other’s backs, ultimately, I got him to return.” FINISH LINES: Phil D’Amato, trainer of new San Pasqual morning line favorite at 2-5 Midnight Storm with the scratch of Arrogate: “I would think we’re going to be on the pace or right there. Acceptance has some tactical speed, but my guy’s ready to go.” . . . Team O’Neill plans to pass the Sham Stakes against males and run romping Delta Princess victor Shane’s Girlfriend against monster maiden winner Unique Bella and other three-year-old fillies in next Sunday’s Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes at seven furlongs . . . Victor Espinoza will ride Perfectly Majestic in quest of the gelding’s first stakes victory in Saturday’s Grade II San Gabriel Stakes scheduled for 1 1/8 miles on turf. Mike Smith has the assignment on Twentytwentyvision for Richard Mandella, who has Flavien Prat engaged for Chilean import Paquita Coqueta in Saturday’s Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes set for about 6 ½ furlongs on turf . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday through Thursday. Live racing resumes Friday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. . . . Players wishing to gain a seat in the 2017 National Handicapping Championship Challenge in Las Vegas Jan. 7 or get a head start in the 2018 event can buy in to Santa Anita’s Players Choice contest for $500. The top five finishers in the Players Choice competition will have their pick of a 2017 or 2018 NHC Challenge entry. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four Players Choice finishers: $10,000, $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. For further information, visit NEW YEAR OFF TO A WINNING START FOR NAKATANISHAH TURNS HIS HORSES OVER TO SHERMAN, O’NEILLSHANE’S GIRLFRIEND TO RUN IN SANTA YNEZ STAKESlast_img read more

Who are the USMNT’s top 20 goal scorers?

first_imgUnited States Can you name the top 20 all-time USMNT goal scorers? Goal Last updated 2 years ago 04:53 10/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Clint Dempsey USA Getty Images United States MLS Clint Dempsey is one goal away from making U.S. Soccer history, which led us to thinking about the other Americans to light up the scoreboard Clint Dempsey is one goal away from standing alone at the top of the all-time U.S. men’s national team goal-scoring list, but will he have the opportunity to set the mark?Currently tied with Landon Donovan with 57 goals, Dempsey might not get the chance to play for the national team again following this month’s shocking elimination from World Cup qualifying. A new coach has yet to be named after Bruce Arena stepped aside following the loss to Trinidad & Tobago, so it’s difficult to tell if the team will shift to a younger roster for upcoming friendlies. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But it wouldn’t be surprising if Dempsey and the other veterans are placed to the side, as U.S. Soccer prepares for the future.With Dempsey and Donovan at the top of the goals chart, it had us thinking about the other veterans who have lit it up for the U.S.Can you name the top 20 all-time goal-scorers in U.S. history? Take our quiz below:last_img read more