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Force shattered as Giteau leaves

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 21 Feb 2009 at 07:59
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Western Force star Matt Giteau walks out on the franchise just two games into the Super 14 season.

Tim Clarke writes in WAToday that departing Western Force superstar Matt Giteau has denied money or a fall out with coach John Mitchell was behind his decision to walk out on the Perth club just two games into the season.

The Force’s worst fears came true today when their talisman and face of rugby in WA announced he was returning to Canberra to play with his original club the Brumbies for the next two years.

The collapse of the multi-million dollar deal with debunked fuel technology company Firepower, which brought Giteau to Perth in 2007, was the catalyst for today’s announcement – which comes just a week before the Force play the Brumbies.

But the Wallaby playmaker said if money had been his only motivation he would have stayed in Perth, after club sponsor ET Mining offered him a $1.6 million deal to make up the Firepower losses – a deal Giteau turned down.

“There were many promises made, and certain things not kept, so I am proud of myself that I have honoured my contract, saw out my three years here,” Giteau said.

“We have all got to make decisions, I have made mine now. I could just see the opportunity to go back where it started, and family and things are there.

“If it was about money I would have stayed here.

“The Firepower saga was going on and it was always there, and a few of the players that were involved in it found it tough.

“When you were not playing or training you were always chasing it up to see what was happening with it.

“It was Firepower that got me here initially, and had that not come about I would probably have stayed in Canberra.

“I am very grateful in some respects that Firepower came about because it gave me the opportunity to come and play here and live here and that is something I will always be a little bit grateful for.

On the subject of Mitchell, Giteau denied any rift.

“I have never had an issue with Mitch, he’s been good.”

Giteau’s loss is a hammer blow to the Force, who are already struggling with falling memberships and crowds because of fan dissatisfaction with Subiaco Oval, and with around 20 players coming out of contract at the end of the year.

Remaining uncertainty over coach Mitchell’s position following the vote of no confidence in him before Christmas is also lingering.

Giteau and his teammates will have to play the rest of the season knowing his leaving.

And the star admitted he was unsure what effect the timing of the announcement would have on the team’s performance

“I don’t know that one yet, we will wait and see. Hopefully the group will support my decision. When I was in Canberra I had to play the final two games there knowing I was coming to Perth,” he said.

“The boys were great there; hopefully it will be the same here.”

Force CEO Greg Harris admitted hard work was ahead of the club to prevent Giteau’s departure having a domino effect on other players.

“It will test the resolve of the club, but when you look at it we have got several other internationals at the club … but the organisation has shown it can develop players,” Harris said.

“Whilst there is no doubt every rugby player in Australia would like to stand next to this fella, the club will have to stand on its own digs and be able to promote the fact it is well resourced and able to develop its own talent.”

In contrast, Brumbies Rugby CEO Andrew Fagan was obviously delighted.

“Matt left the Brumbies on good terms and we wished him all the best, but we made no secret about our desire to see him back in Brumbies colours,” Fagan said.

“Matt is a local product who rose through our development program to become an integral member of the Wallabies and it will be great to have him back in a Brumbies jersey to represent the region he is so fond of.

“He is a rugby superstar and one of the highest profile sportspeople in this country.

“His return is a huge vote of confidence in the Brumbies program and great news for Canberra and Brumbies Rugby.”


  • On the subject of Mitchell, Giteau denied any rift.

    “I have never had an issue with Mitch, he’s been good.”

    yeah right.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.02.09 08:01:45 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Is he leaving the WF, AFTER the S14, or is he leaving right now?

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.02.09 08:47:09 by JustPlainSHARK Reply
  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 2) :

    After the S14.

    Giteau and his teammates will have to play the rest of the season knowing his leaving.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.02.09 09:04:53 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Ryan cross might be next-he wasnt happy last week

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.02.09 10:18:34 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply
  • @Bok-Clyde-Kiwi (Comment 4) :

    I think he will certainly be one of them. i also believe there will be a major rebuidling phase at the Force again next year.

    around 20 players coming out of contract at the end of the year.

    Not many of those 20 odd players will stay IMO.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.02.09 10:33:35 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Bok-Clyde-Kiwi (Comment 4) :

    I would love to know what sanction, if any, was handed to Cross for being such an arsehole in public last week.

    ONE thing is 100% certain though and that is that the problems at the force are far from over and the players will use every oppertunity to get that message across.

    Cross’ display was one of those oppertunities IMO.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.02.09 10:35:49 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : begging your pardon, i happened to be sumwhere else (other planet 🙂 ), but what did Cross do?

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.02.09 10:48:48 by JustPlainSHARK Reply
  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 7) :

    Also would like to know?

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.02.09 11:35:50 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 7) :

    @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 8) :

    When he was subbed during last weeks game, he came off and on camera threw a bit of a wobbly.

    As he was walking off he mouthed to the coaches box “why?……..why?………why?……… and then finally something along the lines of f%^k off”

    Let me see if i can find a you tube clip.

    Naas and them discussed it in the studion afterwards

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.02.09 12:00:26 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) :

    nope can’t find it on you tube.

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.02.09 12:05:07 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • damn. I ain’t picked either the cheetahs or the force yet on lms

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.02.09 13:24:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :

    yeah, they are going downhill from here.

    It’ll be interesting to see if Giteau playes against the brumbies next week. 😛

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.02.09 13:27:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • think I need to trade him out

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.02.09 13:52:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • Damn! He is out of my team asap…

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.02.09 15:42:09 by blackshark Reply

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  • can you blame the guy. his team is poor. they battled against a weak cheetahs and a blues team that was thrashed by the bulls. i would get out before it ruined my career.

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.02.09 08:43:05 by try time Reply


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