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Giteau returns to Wallabies squad ahead of Bledisloe Cup

Giteau, Palu return to Wallabies squad ahead of Rugby Championship decider v New Zealand

Giteau returns to Wallabies squad ahead of Bledisloe Cup

SYDNEY (AP) -- Matt Giteau has recovered from a sternum injury and has been named in an extended 31-man Australia squad preparing for the Rugby Championship decider against New Zealand.

Giteau, who was playing his first test in four years when he was injured during Australia's win over South Africa on July 18, missed the 34-9 victory in Argentina last weekend. Australia and New Zealand each have two wins heading into the Aug. 8 test in Sydney, which will determine the title.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika also recalled backrower Wycliff Palu and drafted in uncapped Melbourne Rebels prop Toby Smith.

Cheika said "we have been able to look at a few different combinations during the first two rounds ... and the squad is starting to take shape" for this year's World Cup.


Updated : 2021-09-28 06:39 GMT+08:00