Lievremont: Giteau better than Carter

France coach Marc Lievremont claims Matt Giteau has surpassed Dan Carter as the best flyhalf in world rugby.

It might be unfair to make a judgment at this point in time with Carter ruled out for the rest of season with an Achilles injury.

But that hasn’t affected Lievremont’s thinking and to his mind Giteau has been the best for some time.

‘For me he is the best playmaker in the world – he has perfected the position,’ Lievremont told the Sydney Morning Herald.

‘Everyone speaks about Carter. Carter has been injured, [but] it has already been a bit of time, about 18 months that he has been less good. He was not so good even for the 2007 World Cup.

‘Giteau is totally exceptional. They are two players who are exceptional. Carter has been injured, but [Giteau] is at least of the same level. He is really at the summit of the world, one would say, as a No 10.’