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'One of the greats': Wallabies legend Giteau announces retirement

By Finn Morton
Matt Giteau playing for the Wallabies. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Wallabies great Matt Giteau has officially announced his retirement from professional rugby union, saying he’s “milked this game and the contracts dry.”


Legendary flyhalf Giteau, who played more than 100 test matches, took to social media on Friday to make the announcement.

Once heralded as a future star of Australian rugby, Giteau entered the fray of international sevens without playing a game of Super Rugby.

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But the first-five went on to star for the Brumbies and Western Force, and also became a test regular with the Wallabies throughout his illustrious career.

“Just wanted to announce my retirement from professional rugby union,” Giteau wrote. “Half my life spent playing this great game professionally and travelling the world getting to do it.

“Forever grateful to all my many coaches, staff members, referees and touch judges along the way.

“And of course a big thank you to my many teammates that helped me play and grow as a player and a person. So many great friendships made & some unbelievable memories created along the way.


“Special mention to my wife and kids who sacrifice so much for me to prepare and play for so long. Moving countries, schools, and (away) from friends so that I could continue to play & chase my dreams.

“Huge thanks to my parents also, who have travelled the world to support me and the sacrifices they made for me to actually make a career out of this sport.

“Also my brothers & sister who rode the ups and downs of my career as much as anyone.

“It’s been such an amazing experience & one that I will miss but I have milked this game and the contracts dry. Thank you.”


Throughout his time as a professional rugby player, Giteau has travelled the world while playing the sport he loves.

Gitau left Australians shores for an opportunity to play for European powerhouse Toulon in 2011.

After a stint with Japanese club Tokyo Sungoliath, the now 40-year-old played his last couple of seasons as a pro with Major League Rugby club the LA Giltinis.

But even though he went overseas, Matt Giteau’s days in Wallaby gold weren’t over.

Rugby Australia introduced the ‘Giteau Law’ before the 2015 Rugby World Cup, which saw the star pivot return to the national setup for the first time in years.

The legacy he has left behind will be felt in Australian rugby forever.

Giteau’s legendary career has ben celebrated by fans and players alike, and even the Wallabies who Tweeted a celebratory message in recognition for his achievements.


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