Giteau thanks Toulon for second chance

Date published: October 22 2015

Matt Giteau has thanked French club Toulon for providing him the framework to make a comeback to international rugby.

Following Australia's semi-final exit from the 2011 World Cup, the utility back signed for Toulon and resigned himself to a future without the gold jersey.

However, following his succcess at Toulon, Wallabies head coach Mihael Cheika made successful negotiations in 2015 with the Australian Rugby Union to allow players that have 60 caps or more,  eligible to represent the Wallabies despite not playing Super Rugby.

Giteau was then called up to the Australian World Cup squad and says he is grateful for Toulon for showing confidence in him. 

"Of course it is thanks to them I am here now," said the former Brumbies pivot.

"It is a club which gave me another chance, another challenge, which also gave me lot of time to myself and now as a result I have two children!

"It is thanks to Toulon and also Michael Cheika for giving me another chance and it is proving to be an amazing ride."

With nearly four years having passed by since he donned the gold jersey, Giteau half-expected to recieve an icy reception upon his return to the team, However, it was far from it. 

"I had doubts about the welcome I would get," added the 33-year-old.

"Of course at the beginning that is normal. I didn't know the guys very well at all as I had been out of the picture for four years and a lot of faces had changed.

"However, it couldn't have been nicer or warmer. This team is very special. They are a great bunch of guys.

"As a result, they give me a lot of time and the confidence to do what I want when I want."