Bastareaud in hospital

France centre Mathieu Bastareaud’s has been hospitalised suffering from serious psychological issues.

The Stade Francais player admitted last week that he made up the story about being assaulted in Wellington before reports later emerged that the 20-year-old may have been punched by a French teammate.

But in the latest twist to the saga, Stade Francais president Max Guazzini revealed that the youngster had on Monday been admitted to a psychiatric hospital.

‘Journalists have even gone to his house and that of his parents,’ said Guazzini. ‘He is completely devastated, he has to be left alone.’