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Giteau leads Wallaby advanced party in SA




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Wallaby utility back Matt Giteau will lead a Wallaby advance party that will arrive in Cape Town this week, ahead of their June 16 Tri-Nations opener against the Springboks at Newlands.

Wallaby coach John Connolly confirmed on Sunday that Giteau is one of seven players who will miss Australia’s one-off test against Fiji in Perth this coming Saturday.

Connolly will reveal the names of the other six players, who will join Giteau on the early flight to Cape Town, on Monday.

The main reason why Giteau is part of the advance party is because he sustained a blow to his left knee, which was already recovering from a low-grade ligament strain, during the Wallabies 31-0 whitewash of Wales in Brisbane at the weekend.

“There will be seven guys going early, for any number of reasons,” Connolly told AAP.

“One of them is we want them to travel up the top of the plane so they can stretch out.

“Giteau will be one of the seven.

“He’s got another knock on his knee, he didn’t train early this week and I think we’ll probably sit him out.

“It’s not terribly bad but he just needs a week off.”

Former skipper George Gregan, who took over impressively from Giteau at halfback after a terrible first half in Brisbane, will start in the No.9 jersey, while Reds half Sam Cordingley has been called into the squad to sit on the bench.
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