Matt Giteau

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Matt Giteau
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Full name Matthew James Giteau
Date of birth (1982-09-29) 29 September 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 85 kg (13 st 5 lb)
School St Edmunds College, Canberra
Notable relative(s) Ron Giteau (father)
Bianca Giteau (wife)
Kristy Giteau (sister)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Inside centre
Fly-half
Halfback
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2011– Toulon 88 (272)
correct as of 16 August 2014.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2001–06
2007–09
2010–11
Brumbies
Force
Brumbies
40
37
12
(151)
(296)
(90)
correct as of 13 March 2010.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2002–11 Australia 92 (684)
correct as of 4 December 2011.

Matthew ("Matt") James Giteau (born 29 September 1982 in Sydney, New South Wales[1]) is an Australian rugby union footballer, a former international player who now plays for the French Top 14 side Toulon. During his career he gained 61 Super Rugby caps and 92 Test caps.

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.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He attended St Edmund's College, Canberra,[1] which has produced other Wallabies including George Gregan, Matt Henjak and the former rugby league star and now coach Ricky Stuart.

His father Ron Giteau is a former rugby league player, and his older sister Kristy is a dual-code rugby international for Australia. On 11 December 2010, Matt Giteau married Bianca Franklin, a netball player with the Adelaide Thunderbirds.[2]

Playing career[edit]

2001–05[edit]

Giteau made his debut for the ACT Brumbies in 2001 and the Wallabies in 2002. During this time he won two Super Rugby titles with the Brumbies in the 2001 Super 12 season and the 2004 Super 12 season and was a part of the Wallabies at the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

2006–07[edit]

In April 2006 he announced that he would play for the Western Force Super Rugby team, in the 2007 Super 14 season. He was included in the Wallabies 2006 mid-year rugby tests squad, but was ruled out with an injury. However he recovered in time for the 2006 Tri Nations Series. He came off the bench in the first game in the series.

In 2007, Giteau was selected for the Wallabies 2007 Rugby World Cup and 2008 squad and was first choice No. 12. He also had gained 40 test points, putting him in the top scorer's list in the competition. Giteau took injuries into the match, and the Wallabies lost in the quarter-final to England 10–12.

Following Rugby World Cup, Giteau played fly-half for the Barbarians against Rugby World Cup winners South Africa. Giteau scored a try, and the Barbarians won 22–5.

2008[edit]

In 2008, new Wallabies Coach Robbie Deans anointed Giteau as Australia's new fly-half, following the retirement of Stephen Larkham.

Giteau played fly-half against Ireland and France in the mid year test. In the 2008 Tri Nations Series, Giteau played in all six games. He played against the All Blacks winning 34–22 at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, and against South Africa winning 27–15 at Kings Park Stadium in Durban.[citation needed]

He was also a part of the Wallabies' record loss that following week to South Africa 53-8.

Super Rugby: Western Force and Brumbies[edit]

Giteau played for the Western Force for 2007–09. In 2007 the Force finished seventh, and recorded their first home win (17–18 against the Hurricanes).

In 2010 Giteau returned to Canberra and the Brumbies, where he played for 2010 and 2011.

Move to France[edit]

During the 2011 Super Rugby season, Giteau signed with the 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.[3] In May 2013 he started as Toulon won the 2013 Heineken Cup Final by 16–15 against Clermont Auvergne.[4]

International tries[edit]

Matt Giteau's international tries[5]
Try Opposing team City/country Venue Competition Year
[1]  Romania Brisbane, Australia Suncorp Stadium Rugby World Cup 2003
[2–4]  Namibia Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval Rugby World Cup 2003
[5]  Scotland Melbourne, Australia Docklands Stadium Hopetoun Cup 2004
[6–7]  Pacific Islanders Melbourne, Australia Docklands Stadium Test Match 2004
[8]  Scotland Glasgow, Scotland Hampden Park Hopetoun Cup 2004
[9]  Italy Melbourne, Australia Docklands Stadium Test Match 2005
[10–11]  South Africa Sydney, Australia Stadium Australia Mandela Challenge Plate 2005
[12–13]  South Africa Brisbane, Australia Suncorp Stadium Tri Nations 2006
[14]  Wales Cardiff, Wales Millennium Stadium Test Match 2006
[15]  Wales Sydney, Australia Stadium Australia James Bevan Trophy 2007
[17]  South Africa Sydney, Australia Stadium Australia Tri Nations 2007
[18]  Wales Cardiff, Wales Millennium Stadium Rugby World Cup 2007
[19–20]  Fiji Montpellier, France Stade de la Mosson Rugby World Cup 2007
[21]  France Sydney, Australia Stadium Australia Trophée des Bicentenaires 2007
[22]  Italy Canberra, Australia Canberra Stadium Test Match 2009
[23]  France Sydney, Australia Stadium Australia Trophée des Bicentenaires 2009
[24]  South Africa Cape Town, South Africa Newlands Stadium Tri Nations 2009
[25–26]  South Africa Perth, Australia Subiaco Oval Tri Nations 2009
[27–28]  England Sydney, Australia ANZ Stadium Test Match 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Matt Giteau: Player profile". ESPN Scrum. ESPN year=2011. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Low, Clair (14 December 2010). "Giteau gets hitched under veil of secrecy". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Bernaudeau, Eric (15 November 2011). "Former Wallabies fly-half Matt Giteau joins teammates for first training session with French club Toulon". Fox Sports Australia. AAP. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Toulon claim Heineken Cup glory". ESPN. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Player Analysis: Matt Giteau". Scrum. ESPN. 11 March 2010. Retrieved 24 December 2010. 

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