Giteau gives up on RWC spot
Sydney - Australia veteran Matt Giteau
indicated he had missed out on selection in the Wallabies' Rugby World Cup
squad, after coach Robbie Deans said on Wednesday that the 30-man squad was
settled pending fitness tests on injured players.
in Sydney on Wednesday after the weekend's 14-9 win over the Springboks
in South Africa, and was to head directly to the team's training camp
before announcing the squad on Thursday.
Deans said he and fellow
selectors did not expect any surprises from the fitness tests, and had
already resolved all the places in the World Cup squad.
"We've had all those internal selection discussions and we're clear in our mind," he said.
Giteau reacted to those comments by posting: "Thank u ballboys, thank u linesman! That's it," on his Twitter page.
who has played in 92 Tests for Australia, was a surprise omission from
the Wallabies' Tri-Nations squads so far this year.
Polota-Nau, prop James Slipper, backrower Wycliff Palu and wing Drew
Mitchell have yet to return from serious injuries sustained during the
Super Rugby season, while flyhalf Berrick Barnes and centre Rob Horne
have rejoined their club sides.
"We've been watching (the injured
players) and we know where they're at, but today is an opportunity to
see them and talk to them," Deans said. "We've got the squad resolved,
it's just communicating it now."