Paris - Stade
Francais scrumhalf Will Genia says it is imperative that Matt Giteau
plays for Australia in the upcoming Rugby Championship and be released
The former Reds star commented on Toulon and the ARU's fight over
Giteau, saying that not all French clubs have the same policies and
Genia's own club were happy to let him train.
"The thing with being over in France is that each club is different.
My club was obviously very willing to let me come back and train and
play, and Toulon are very different. It depends on each individual's
club," Genia told the Canberra Times.
"(Giteau's influence) It's huge. You saw the impact that he had with
the guys at the World Cup, on the field but more off the field, people
probably don't realise that.
"When you see someone like him, 33 years old, done everything, huge
over in France and in Europe for Toulon. To see him still working
incredibly hard to be the best that he can be, it's something that
really inspires you. Just having an experienced guy around you calms the
others around him.
"That influence and that aspect to having him come back, people tend
to forget and some people want to criticise (bringing back players), but
you'd rather have him here than not.