Toulon back Matt Giteau admits he will not play for Australia again

Last Updated: 07/11/12 8:57am

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Matt Giteau: Has admitted he won't play for the Wallabies again

Matt Giteau: Has admitted he won't play for the Wallabies again

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Matt Giteau has announced his international retirement after falling out of favour with Australia coach Robbie Deans.

Giteau has been capped 92 times by the Wallabies, however he has been frozen out of the side since the shock 32-23 defeat to Samoa ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The 31-year-old has subsequently been in sensational form for table-topping Toulon- with Giteau opting to remain in France for two more seasons after conceding he will not play for Australia again while Deans remains in charge.

"Yes, I have brought a curtain down on my chances of ever playing for my country again," he said.

"But with the coach who is in charge of them at the moment, I don't have much of a chance of being called up in any case.

"Even if I had returned to Australia, a condition of being available again for selection, I would maybe not have been recalled.

"Thus I decided to stay at Toulon, where I am flourishing. But I remain a devoted supporter of the Australian team and I still have a lot of friends in the squad.

"After next Saturday's game against Clermont, I will leave for a fortnight's holiday in Australia with my wife and son."

Matt Giteau

Age: 30nClubs: Brumbies, Western Force, ToulonnCaps: 92nTest points: 684 (29 tries, 103 conversions, 107 penalties and four drop-goals)


Giteau is not the only fly-half to clash with Deans and his coaching style, with Quade Cooper having been fined and handed a suspended three-match ban for describing the Wallabies set-up as a "toxic" environment.

And Giteau has some sympathy for the enigmatic Reds playmaker, who misses the tour to Europe through injury.

"Quade wanted to express how unhappy he was," said Giteau.

"He has since apologised. I also experienced difficult moments at international level, I didn't make the last World Cup. Robbie is as he is.

"The coaches like certain players and others less. It has always been the case. I don't enter into the plans of Robbie."

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