France Legends Profile: Bastien Ader

RLWC Australia vs France at Canberra Stadium. Picture : NRL Photos/Gregg Porteous

A lanky centre with an outstanding fend, Bastien Ader realised a lifelong dream at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup when named to make his Test debut for France.

Known for his hard running and the difficulty opponents have in tackling him, Ader signed with Toulouse Olympique at the age of 19 as a winger looking for an opportunity.

That chance soon came when Toulouse returned to the French Elite One Championship after playing in the English system in 2012. Within a season, Ader was a regular with the most powerful team in French Rugby League.

Toulouse went on to win the championship-Lord Derby Cup double in 2013-14 and a year later went back-to-back in the championship. The Lord Derby Cup win was remarkably Toulouse’s first after losing six finals dating back to 1938-39.

The 2013 season also saw Ader make his Challenge Cup debut in a 56-18 win over Swinton while he scored a try in the 30-28 loss to York two weeks later.

With Toulouse returning to the English system in 2016, Ader’s form has continued to thrive. The team won the Championship Shield this year and the bustling centre played a key role.

The greatest honour though for Ader was the call up to the Les Chanticleers squad for the World Cup and his subsequent debut against, where he scored a double and ran for 172 metres in a career-defining performance. He lost no admirers a week later against Australia, where he made 22 tackles.

Ader has shown he is ready for international Rugby League. He is tough, he is classy and he is reliable.

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