Matt Giteau rugby player
Matt Giteau rugby player

Matt Giteau

29th Sep 1982 1.78m/87kg Inside Centre

Giteau is a utility back. His usual positions are inside-centre and fly-half, although he started his career as a scrum-half. He played for the Wallabies for the first time in 2002 against England at Twickenham and was a nominee for the International Rugby Board Player of the Year in 2004.

During the 2011 Super Rugby season, Giteau signed with big-spending French club Toulon, a move that would take effect after the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Despite not being selected for the Australian World Cup squad, he could not join Toulon until mid-November, as he was still under contract with the Australian Rugby Union through the World Cup.

In May 2013 he started as Toulon won the 2013 Heineken Cup Final by 16–15 against Clermont Auvergne and in September of 2014 he signed a two year extension with the French Club. In 2015, a change in the Australian eligibility policy opened the door for Giteau to return to the national set-up despite being based overseas. He was immediately included in the 2015 Rugby Championship squad and starred against South Africa in his first match back. Giteau has since gone on to secure a spot in the Wallabies' 31 man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup squad.

He became a key player for the Wallabies and reached the Rugby World Cup final, but his World Cup dream was short lasting as he copped a head knock in the opening stages and was ruled out of the match.

In January 2017, Matt announced that he will leave Toulon for Japan at the end of the 2016/17 season to "be closer to Australia."

On 4th April 2017, due to a coaching shake-up, Giteau was left in control of coaching the Toulon backs until the end of the season.

The Australian and Toulon playmake then confirmed that we will join Suntory Sungoliath for the 2017/18 Top League season in Japan.

(LS May 15, 2017)

Career

Sungoliath Suntory Sungoliath
Inside Centre
2017 - present
western-force Western Force
Outside Centre
2007 - 2009
brumbies ACT Brumbies
Fly Half
2001 - 2011
ultimateRugby World XV
Inside Centre
2014 - 2015
australia Australia
Outside Centre
2002 - 2017
toulon_rugby_logo RC Toulon
Inside Centre
2011 - 2017