Rugby Matt Giteau set to run on against Springboks

Returning to the international scene for the first time in four years is Matt Giteau, set to run on for the Wallabies on Saturday.

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Matt Giteau set to run on against Springboks

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Matt Giteau will feature in the Wallabies side for the first time since 2011, after being named in the starting XV for their Rugby Championship clash with the Springboks.

 

It will be 32-year-old Giteau's first appearance for the Wallabies since the eligibility rules were altered by the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) in April.

 

The new regulations allow overseas-based players with more than 60 Test caps to be eligible for selection for Australia if they have held a contract with the ARU for a minimum of seven years.

 

Giteau's Toulon-based compatriot Drew Mitchell also benefitted from the changes but the 31-year-old spoke only of his team-mate after the pair were included in Michael Cheika's 23.

 

"He [Giteau] is consistently a top-three player in Europe," Mitchell told Fox Sports.

 

Both will star in a strong Wallabies side with several new additions from their most recent Test loss to England in November.

 

Captain Stephen Moore, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Tevita Kuridrani, Will Skelton, Scott Fardy and Scott Higginbotham are all in the run-on XV after not starting in the 26-17 loss to England.

 

Half-back Nick Phipps moves to the bench, as does fly-half Matt Toomua.

 

Wallabies starting XV: Adam Ashley-Cooper, Quade Cooper, Scot Fardy, Israel Folau, Will Genia, Matt Giteau, Scott Higginbotham, Michael Hooper, Rob Horne, Sekope Kepu, Tevita Kuridrani, Stephen Moore, Rob Simmons, Will Skelton, James Slipper

 

Replacements: Greg Holmes, James Horwill, Drew Mitchell, Nick Phipps, David Pocock, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Scott Sio, Matt Toomua

 

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