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 33)
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
Current status
Current team Toulon
Playing career
Position Inside centre
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2011– Toulon 97 (292)
correct as of 11 April 2015.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2002–2011, 2015- Australia 102 (698)
correct as of 31 October 2015.

Matthew ("Matt") James Giteau (born 29 September 1982)[1] is an Australian rugby union player who now plays for the French Top 14 side Toulon. During his career he appeared in 61 Super Rugby matches, and gained 100 test caps with the Australia national rugby union team. Giteau was reselected to the national team after several years absence under a new rule known as Giteau's law.

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 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]


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.


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.


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[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]

Giteau in 2013

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. He has won 3 European titles with Toulon starting all 3. In 2015 they wrote history for winning 3 successive European titles, (2013 at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin vs Clermont 16-15, 2014 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff vs Saracens 23-6 & 2015 at Twickenham Stadium, London vs Clermont 24-18). He also won the top14 orange in 2014.[4]


In 2015, national coach Michael Cheika made negotiations with the Australian Rugby Union to allow players with 60 caps or more eligible to represent the Wallabies despite not playing in the Super Rugby. Giteau played against the Springboks winning 24-20 at the Suncorp Stadium, and against the All Blacks 27-19 at the ANZ Stadium. Giteau was selected in the Wallabies 31 Man squad to represent in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. In October, during the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Giteau scored his 30th International try for the Wallabies as part of their win against England, knocking them out of the tournament. Giteau was a key player for the Wallabies to reach the Rugby World Cup final, but his World Cup dream was short lasting as Matt copped a head knock in the opening stages of the match and ruled him out of the match, the Wallabies lost to the All Blacks 17-34[5]


  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. ^ "England out of Rugby World Cup as Australia win 33-13". BBC Sport. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 

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