Rugby World Cup 2011

Horan: Bench Giteau

2011-07-02 06:16
Matt Giteau

Sydney - Australia coach Robbie Deans should play 20-year-old utility back James O'Connor outside Quade Cooper and demote stalwart Matt Giteau to the bench, according to former Wallaby centre Tim Horan.

"James O'Connor has to be in the 15 and then where do you put him?" Horan said in comments published by the Australian newspaper on Saturday. "He has got to be close to the action. On the wing he is too far away."

After starting his career at fullback, the 27-Test back has been largely employed on the wing but has also appeared at home in the midfield for Western Force in Super Rugby. He signed a two-year deal to play for the Melbourne Rebels last month.

While Deans has locked the Reds' dangerous duo of Will Genia and Cooper in the scrumhalf andflyhalf positions, inside centre remains a problematic proposition for the Wallabies.

Former flyhalf incumbent Matt Giteau has played there with mixed results while strong candidate Berrick Barnes is taking an indefinite break from the game after suffering concussion-like symptoms throughout the Super Rugby season.

Horan, an 80-Test Wallaby and one of the most highly regarded inside centres to have played the game, said Giteau should be in Australia's best 22 for the World Cup starting in September but Deans should use him off the bench.

"I'd be happy to have Giteau on the bench to cover nine, 10 and 12," said Horan, a member of Australia's 1991 and 1999 World Cup-winning teams.

"Giteau's experience has got to be there somewhere. I don't know where they are going to find a spot for him. It will be interesting to see what they do."


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Pool A


Pool B


Pool C


Pool D

Tank Lanning

Lessons learnt from RWC 2011

2011-10-26 16:45

A few vital life lessons from Tank Lanning's recent trip to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup quarter and semi-finals. Read More

Rugby World Cup Wallpapers

Download your favourite RWC wallpaper here




Sunny. Mild.



Current Conditions

Taking into account where it will be held, the likely player retirements and new coaches in charge, which team looks best-placed to mount a challenge to the All Blacks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England?


Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.