Giteau keen to play at World Cup

Date published: May 3 2015

Toulon fly-half Matt Giteau admits he would relish playing for the Wallabies again if he received a call-up ahead of the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

The veteran back, who made his Test debut as a 20 year old in 2002, helped his club claim a third successive European Cup title on Saturday at Twickenham.

And with the Wallabies having altered their stance on picking overseas-based players, Giteau was open to a possible return when quizzed by the press.

"I signed over here knowing I wouldn't play Test rugby again," he told AFP

"Now the rules have changed, it's a possibility. I had no idea it was coming, but I'm happy it has.

"It's very exciting for Australian rugby that they've changed that (the eligibility rules). For me in particular, it doesn't change a great deal until I'm contacted.

"Given the opportunity, it would be great to play Test match rugby again. But I haven't played it in a long time."

Toulon team-mate, Drew Mitchell, is also now available for a possible recall and Giteau backed his wing to step up.

"I'm a bit biased, because he's my best mate, but to see him do something so special was amazing," he added.

"It's not just that (his try-scoring). There's a lot of things defensively, he made some really good decisions and under the high ball he was solid.

"For me, he always performs on the big stage. It's not for me to say if he should be selected or not, but I would think he's in the top 30 players in Australia.

"That would be my opinion. But we're not selectors, we just go out there, play the best we can and then see what happens."