Basta: ‘Dinosaurs vanished, so could I’

Date published: August 6 2015

France centre Mathieu Bastareaud isn't taking anything for granted as the squad continue to work towards the World Cup.

The Toulon centre has established himself as a key player for les Bleus under Philippe Saint-André but still doesn't expect to just walk into the final 31-man squad.

"I could cite a lot of examples of players who were regulars in the France team who, just before the World Cup, were set aside," Bastareaud told Rugbyrama. 

"As is often said, the shirt isn't ours. I'm just someone passing through. I don't feel as though I'm in the shoes of someone in the starting XV or even the squad of 31.

"We're all on the same level and I just think it would be a mistake to think otherwise."

Bastareaud should arguably be more relaxed about making the cut given his good form and skill-set, but the 26-year-old added that being a unique threat didn't matter, comparing himself to dinosaurs.

"[Being unique] means nothing. It's like the dinosaurs: they were there and they suddenly disappeared! They too had a unique profile and we don't see them anymore!

"Yes I have an atypical profile but the coaches may well decide to do without me.

"I work, I try to be at my best each time, to progress. They will make the decision."