Giteau backs Gregan’s return

Far from wanting to hold on to the Wallaby number nine jersey he has worn on his back the last couple of Tests, Matt Giteau is happy to hand it over to the more-recognised scrum-half George Gregan.

Giteau believes that perhaps it may benefit the team to see him run out at inside centre, and re-establish the old Brumbies combination of Gregan at nine, Larkham at ten, Giteau at twelve and Mortlock on the outside centre.

“Maybe at half-back [scrum-half] I went a step backwards last [Saturday],” Giteau told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Things definitely improved when George went to halfback, and I went back to inside centre. Everyone probably felt more comfortable with that, and with Stirling outside me, it was like the Brumbies of old.

“So that’s what’s probably best for the side, especially as George provides experience and direction.”

“You have to do whatever is best for the side,” Giteau said. “I can see what the selectors are trying to do at halfback. With quick ball, I can see why they want me there at halfback, but [in] the first two Tests I really haven’t had much of an opportunity to do that.”

Giteau admitted that his performance had not perhaps been up to the standard it could have been.

“There is probably a few things I’m doing wrong,” Giteau said. “But the reason I thought I was there was to run a little bit more and be a threat. That doesn’t necessarily mean I have to run all the time, because there are obviously times when I should be passing.”


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