Giteau prepares for Super 14





Matt Giteau is flying home from the Wallabies tour eager to get his career back on track at inside centre. The good news for the ACT Brumbies back is the surgery he is almost certain to require on his return is not expected to cost him any part of next year’s Super 14 rugby season.

Giteau has been told there’s an 80-90 per cent chance he will require clean-out surgery to repair the crack in his knee joint. He got the knock in a collision with England’s Josh Lewsey two weeks ago.

The operation would only prevent him running for six weeks and he should be fully healed to start the 2006 Super 14 on time in early February.

Following a seaosn plagued with injuries he said, “I was hungry to keep playing now but obviously disappointed I’ve got to go home, so I’m looking forward to the Super 14,” Giteau said.

“Personally, I reckon my best position is 12 so that’s probably the position I’ll be looking at,” he said. “Especially at the Brumbies, we’ve got George [Gregan] and Steve [Larkham] there [in the halves] so that’s the position I’ll be looking at.”

“Playing 10, it’s a position I don’t mind, but I still think I play my best football, and the year before I showed that, at 12,” he said. “I’ve moved on since then. I got dropped. I was told it was on form so obviously there were parts of my game that need working on.”

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