Giteau closes book on Wallabies

Matt Giteau has decided to extend his stay with French club Toulon, putting an end to his Wallabies career.

Giteau made his decision based on the realisation that he won’t make the Wallabies squad with Robbie Deans as head coach.

After Deans instilled Giteau as his first-choice No 10 in 2008, their relationship soured after the player delivered inconsistent performances. This saw the Kiwi omit the veteran from Wallabies’ 2011 World Cup squad.

There was a chance for Giteau to return home in 2013 ahead of the British & Irish Lions tour to Australia, but he decided to sign a two-year extension with French Top 14 club Toulon.

‘Yes, I have brought a curtain down on my chances of ever playing for my country again,’ Giteau told smh.com.au. ‘But with the coach who is in charge of them at the moment, I don’t have much of a chance of being called up in any case.

‘Even if I had returned to Australia, a condition of being available again for selection, I would maybe not have been recalled.’

Giteau made his international debut in 2002 and has played in 96 Tests. He also won two Super Rugby titles with the Brumbies.