Richard Ferguson

Giteau back in Gold


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, The Rugby Championship, Wallabies on 16 Jul 2015 at 08:13
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Australian coach Michael Cheika has jumped at the opportunity to include overseas based Matt Giteau for the first match of the Rugby Championship. Two overseas based Australians made the match day 23 after the rules were coincidentally changed earlier this year.

Giteau returns after an absence of four years and joins Drew Mitchell as the two foreign based players to face South Africa this weekend, in what is set to be the first real match for both these teams as they build up to the World Cup. Giteau is part of a formidable 9-10-12 axis with Will Genia and Quade Cooper inside him, a trio which can be devastating when they are all in top form.

Stephen Moore captains from the front row while the enormous Will Skelton is sure to make an impact in the second row. The loose trio looks very dangerous with Michael Hooper coming off an amazing Super Rugby season.

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 James Slipper

Substitutes: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 James Horwill, 20 David Pocock, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Drew Mitchell


22 Comments

  • That looks like a good side! Tough game ahead…

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.07.15 08:18:35 by pastorshark Reply
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  • That 9-10 axis didn’t set the world alight in the SR tournament.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.07.15 09:12:09 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 2) : I hope they don’t ignite this weekend… 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.07.15 09:15:39 by pastorshark Reply
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  • :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.07.15 09:17:56 by JarsonX Reply
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  • “back in Gold”…pffft – you mean Yellow 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.07.15 09:22:40 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 5) : 🙂 lol!

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.07.15 09:41:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 5) :

    Yellowish Gold?

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.07.15 09:44:06 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) : I’ll settle for mustard yellow 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.07.15 09:45:10 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 8) :

    Now, Giteau does not alliterate with Mustard Yellow, so you see my dilemma..

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.07.15 09:48:45 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) : A weak headline serves them right for playing in Yellow and green. 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.07.15 09:51:15 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) : “Matt back in Mustard (Yellow)” could work? 🙂

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.07.15 10:00:10 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Starve that backline of quality ball and we’re in the money.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.07.15 10:31:24 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 12) : I’m worried about that final 20 when Pocock comes on…they’ll be getting far cleaner backline ball than us.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.07.15 10:41:37 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 13) : In Marcell Coetzee we trust (yeah, I’m a little worried too 😀 )

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.07.15 10:48:29 by vanmartin Reply
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  • This Aus side will be a good test for the Boks. Australia at Suncorp are very tough to beat. Dont write the Aussies off in a world cup year…they seemed to wake up every so often in those years

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.07.15 11:58:12 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) : They also seem to win the thing every time they win the cricket world cup 😐

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.07.15 12:25:48 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 16) : Maybe we could do the same if we played in the cricket world cup…oh wait we do but only like at the start then decide to watch the rest 😉 Aussies seem to have got themselves some pretty decent depth…how they will fare on the heavier and slower fields in the UK im not too sure though.

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.07.15 12:30:32 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Pollard is getting is gat kicked. Lambo is the better bet.

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.07.15 13:47:35 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Bokke will beat this mustard team!!!! 😈

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.07.15 15:14:48 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 18) : Best you get used to Pollard at 10 for the boys. It’s not going to change real soon. Most pundits on SA Rugbymag and Butch feel that Pollard should be persisted with. Lamb being preferred to le Roux at FB, but I don’t see that happening.

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.07.15 22:35:49 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 20) : You said SA Rugbymag… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.07.15 08:20:36 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 21) : Yes, they asked a few ex Boks who should be the FH for the WC, Butch’s interview was in News 24

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.07.15 15:37:42 by KingCheetah Reply

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