Novès: ‘Bastareaud can adapt’

Date published: January 4 2016

New France head coach Guy Novès insists Mathieu Bastareaud's international career is not over, despite the 27-year-old being left out of his provisional 30-man Six Nations squad.

Novès says Bastareaud's omission is due to wanting to introduce a new playing ethos in the national side. The centre was left out along with scrum-half Rory Kockott, full-back Brice Dulin, fly-half Remi Tales and wings Sofiane Guitoune and Noa Nakaitaci.

Despite being relegated to the sidelines, Novès believes Bastareaud has a future with les Bleus on the international stage if he can manage to adapt his game.

"He is a player whose potential we know and this does not mean he has been completely discarded," Noves told Midi Olympique.

"Quite simply, and I say this humbly, we have the aim of playing a different form of rugby to recent years. Mathieu Bastareaud is also capable of adapting his game, though."

Noves added: "We prefer to work for the moment with players who are completely invested in the France team for the next four years."

Bastareaud has 39 caps to his name, having made his debut against Wales in 2009.