Cape Town - Australia are waiting on utility back Matt Giteau to join them as they prepare for their upcoming Rugby Championship campaign.
The Wallabies' other overseas-based players, who didn't participate
in last month's 3-0 series defeat to England, are in Australia including
experienced backs Adam Ashley-Cooper, Will Genia, Drew Mitchell and
According to an AAP report, Giteau, whose last played for
the Wallabies in their 2015 Rugby World Cup Final loss to the All Blacks
at Twickenham, has been spending time with his family, although that
doesn't mean he will not be part of his country's Rugby Championship
The 102-Test veteran's absence was keenly felt against England and Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika battled to replace him.
With Giteau absent, Christian Lealiifano unavailable for the first
Test after waiting for the birth of his child and Kurtley Beale out for
all three Tests and Matt Toomua for the first two, due to injuries,
Cheika couldn't play with two playmakers for most of the series against
Instead, he picked a direct runner - Reds centre Samu Kerevi - for the first two Tests in Brisbane and Melbourne.
Meanwhile, the Australian Rugby Union confirmed that the Wallabies
will continue their pre-tournament ritual of escaping the major cities
for a training camp, when they journey to the Central Coast from 8-12
August before their Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup campaigns kick
off on 20 August.
The Wallabies will split their training time between Central Coast
Stadium and the nearby gym facilities at Central Coast Leagues Club.
Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika was keen to continue the Wallabies engagement to the wider Rugby community.
“It’s vital for the Wallabies to continue get around the country and
connect with our fans from all over Australia by staying and training in
their community," he told the Australian Rugby Union's official
“We would have had a bit of time together before we arrive in camp,
and we are very fortunate to have fantastic facilities like we have at
Central Coast Stadium to prepare as best we possibly can for the
upcoming Rugby Championship.
Central Coast Stadium’s Manager Kath Casey said it is a privilege to
host the Wallabies while they train for the upcoming Bledisloe Cup.
“This is the first time the Wallabies have taken advantage of the
Central Coast’s sporting facilities to train for such a major,
international rugby series,” she revealed.
“To have the team at Central Coast Stadium as they prepare for one of
international rugby’s biggest rivalries is a major coup for our region.
“Plus, with many of our residents participating in local rugby union,
this camp will also give them the chance to hopefully meet some of
their heroes at the fan day.”
After their week on the Central Coast, the Wallabies will return to
Sydney in time for the Wallabies Fan Day at Coogee on August 14.
Saturday, August 20: Wallabies v New Zealand, ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Saturday, August 27: New Zealand v Wallabies, Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Saturday, September 10: Wallabies v South Africa, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday, September 17: Wallabies v Argentina, nib Stadium, Perth
Saturday, October 1: South Africa v Wallabies, Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Saturday, October 8: Argentina v Wallabies, Twickenham Stadium, London
Saturday, October 22: New Zealand v Wallabies, Eden Park, Auckland