The guy has known everything, or almost. In any case, this is what its president Mohed Altrad corroborated, at the end of the final of Top 14 won by the MHR against Castres last Friday. Him ? This is of course Bastien Chalureau, a name who, despite his 30 years, has never been as much on the lips of French observers as today. It must be said that the beam of the Montpellier pack at the end of the season was him. However, nothing predestined for this the one who knew the walls of the prison in the past, who also came close to an amputation in his life.
To say that Chalureau is a ghost is it usurped? We let you be the judge. The fact remains that 3 years ago, he was the laughing stock of the recruitment of the Toulouse Stadium. In more than 6 months at Ernest-Wallon, the former Nivernais had appeared only once on a match sheet, before the adventure ended following an incident resulting in criminal proceedings and a conviction… Since then, the native of Mondavezan has worked a lot, and progressed, especially physically (he has lost 12 kilos since his arrival). Recruited by Montpellier as a medical joker at the start of 2020, then extended until 2025 now, the colossus (2m02 for 118kg) is coming out of a full season at 25 games, during which he fully asserted himself. Even if there again, nothing was certain on the starting line.
Full member of the rotation of the group of 23 of the Cistes throughout the exercise, alternating between numbers 4, 5 and 18, Chalureau is above all a full holder when the “pusher” of the Blues Paul Willemse does not is not there, or that the staff seeks to densify its pack and aligns them together. But in April, the Héraultais lost their 38 tons, victim of a serious knee injury. Which left a 4-lane highway for the main interested party to recover the number 5 of the club. Still, it was necessary to assume the status, especially in the face of specialists (including us) who did not see Montpellier existing without Willemse and their best player, Cobus Reinach.
There, Chalureau even returned the most decided opinions on the question. Author of a cannonball end to the season, the big tattooed man notably came out of the crazy final phases in the Top 14, where his physical density and his slaughter did wonders in the semis and in the final. Instead, ask the Castres, disconcerted by the titanic charges, the tackles disintegrating and the pivot passes of the former resident of ProD2. So much so that with his very rare profile and the lack of tank in 5 behind Willemse and Taofifenua, some no longer hesitate to argue that Bastien Chalureau would be at the gates of the team of France…