A spell on the sidelines has prompted fresh speculation over the future of Wallabies and Toulon back Matt Giteau, with reports in France suggesting that 34-year-old veteran could retire at the end of the current season.
The initial report originated from Midi Olympique but was widely reporting elsewhere – with the suggestion that injuries are taking a heavy toll on the Sydney native’s body.
However, asked about the reports by a user on Twitter, Giteau simply replied: “Not true.”
— Matt Giteau 🇦🇺 (@giteau_rugby) October 17, 2016
Giteau prioritised his country over his club rugby towards the end of the summer when he choose to play in the gold and green of Australia despite Toulon’s desire for him to remain in France at the time – with financial consequences.
He then suffered a serious injury – breaking his ankle and suffering an additional leg fracture – during Australia’s defeat to New Zealand on August 20 and there has been talk about his long-term future ever since.
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At the age of 34, it’s quite possible that Giteau has already played his final game for the Wallabies although this latest comment on social media seems to suggest a determination to at least return from this latest injury.
We certainly wish him well in those endeavours as there’s few better men to light up a rugby pitch when he’s at his very best.
As reported on Monday, Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal is already searching the rugby world in a bid to strengthen his club’s squad even further next season – especially with the pending departure of Drew Mitchell and the uncertainty over Giteau himself.
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