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Giteau gives up on RWC spot

2011-08-17 09:53

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.

Deans arrived 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.

Giteau, who has played in 92 Tests for Australia, was a surprise omission from the Wallabies' Tri-Nations squads so far this year.

Hooker Tatafu 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."

AP

Comments
  • Jay - 2011-08-17 10:04

    Well that might bite Deans in the ass...................good for us though!

      Francois - 2011-08-17 22:17

      We are not playing Aus.

  • Superdude - 2011-08-17 10:05

    If only the Boks would take the same approach...you are only as good as your last game!

      Howzitekse - 2011-08-17 11:36

      Agreed. If he was 10 years older, we could have used him.

      Andrew - 2011-08-17 11:40

      @Howzitekse. Just loved that tongue in cheek comment, flipping funny.

  • TheDuck - 2011-08-17 10:15

    Come play for us. Lots of backline spots open! This is a huge call by Deans to leave Giteau out.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-17 10:16

    Australian c**k up Number One. A few more 2 follow.......HUGE mistake this.

      Superdude - 2011-08-17 10:32

      How so? Giteau was average in the super comp?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-17 10:42

      They need an alternative kicking option (Quade, o Connor and Beale have all been known to have very very very off days - Matt on the bench could have saved a lot of bother).... They also need his experience imho, he could slot in at 10 or 12 easily as hell, solving huge selection problems. (And yes, I know o Connor and Beale are also 'multi positional players' - but Matt offers a little more IMHO.) If Super 15 form was the only yardstick players are measured by, Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith (who was injured most of the time...) wouldn't be close to the AB team - but look at them now. I personally think this is a mistake.....time will tell.

      Superdude - 2011-08-17 11:15

      I am Git fan, dont get me wrong, but it looks like he doesnt fit into the new Wallaby mould. Giteau is as erratic at kicking as Quade, o Connor and Beale in my opinion. You might be right though, take him as part of the squad, if for experience only....as you say, time will tell.

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-17 11:18

      @SAFFA - absolutely agree with you. McCabe was solid, but "old" Gitts is a great player. Deans is a brave man.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-17 11:25

      @Superdude and GraemeBB - All I know is, if I were Deans, I would go into any knockout game feeling a little more confident knowing Giteau was on the bench (if not starting...) I just feel the Wobblies have too many out and out playmakers, all prone to moments of utter madness on the field (which is fine in the S15...) BUT not ideal in a quarter or semi final of a WC - Gits would provide a little sanity amongst all the uber talented - but YOUNG and still relatively inexperienced Wobbly playmakers. I just think these young players might be 'tested' massively against teams like England (again) and it would be helluva nice for Deans to be able to call Gits from the bench to provide some 'sanity'. McCabe is going to be found wanting in the WC IMHO.

      Howzitekse - 2011-08-17 11:51

      I am in two minds about it. He has at times been one of the top players in the world, but from his recent history at the Brumbies, there are indications that he has become too big for his boots. I have never seen an All Black coach who would tollerate that kind of thing, and Deans will not either. A lesson there......

  • Karoobloed - 2011-08-17 10:37

    Deans must be quite cold hearted to leave a man out that has done so much for Aussie Rugby and is still such a wonderful player. Why don't we give him immediate SA citizenship? - he will be our best backline player at RWC 2011. :)

  • Hendrik - 2011-08-17 10:37

    It just shows the quality of players the Oz camp have. I

  • FJ2 - 2011-08-17 11:05

    Silly, mr Deans. Just silly.

  • Jason - 2011-08-17 14:05

    eish

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