Century nears for Giteau and Moore

Date published: October 13 2015

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Australia duo Matt Giteau and Stephen Moore are set to hit 100 caps for their country when they face Scotland in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final.

Saturday's game at Twickenham will see the pair reach the milestone, with inside centre Giteau admitting he never expected to do so after his debut in 2002.

"I certainly remember my debut. We lost by a point (to England). I think I went on with about eight minutes to go. At the time, (coach) Eddie Jones had a score system where you got a point for every positive thing you did and where you lost a point for every negative. I think I was the only player to finish with a minus. After that game, I never thought I'd get to a hundred. I didn't think I'd get past one," said the veteran.

After moving to play abroad in late 2011, Giteau returned to the international scene during this year's Rugby Championship and admits he has loved every minute of being back in the mix.

"I'm really enjoying it. The way Squeak's (Moore) leading the team around, off the field as well, it's been really enjoyable. It's a great bunch of guys. From the start, I've felt really welcome – not just myself but Drew (Mitchell, Giteau's Toulon teammate) too. It shows what sort of environment has been created here," he said.

Meanwhile, hooker Moore said that while he is proud of the prospect of hitting 100 games for his country, he wouldn't be savouring it this week.

"For me, it's not really a week to be reflecting on things. We've got a great opportunity to play in the quarter-final of a World Cup and that's more than enough to play for. These personal achievements are things you probably look at when you hang up your boots," said the captain.

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