Cape Town - Matt Giteau's Test rugby career looks more than likely over after breaking his ankle in Australia's Test against New Zealand on Saturday.
Giteau started playing for Australia in 2002 and has since played thirteen years of international rugby with the Test side. He became one of eight Wallabies to reach 100 caps in his return to Test Rugby in 2015, after a four-year absence.
Giteau added 10 Tests to his previous 92 caps, scoring a try in Australia’s emphatic Rugby World Cup pool win over England and has been revelation for Australia since his return. The loss against New Zealand was his 103rd cap.
Giteau broke his ankle 10 minutes into the game.
"Matt's got a bit of a break in his leg at the top of his leg and a bit of a fracture in his ankle. Good job on his leg," Cheika told ESPN.
"He's disappointed but he's also very realistic.
"He's a pro. He knows that he's still got to get himself right and get back to his club commitments for later in the season so that's what he'll be doing."