Giteau named in Wallabies training squad


Former Australia captain Matt Giteau could return to the Wallabies squad for the Rugby Championship after being named in Michael Cheika's training selection.

Giteau has not played for his country since their World Cup final defeat to New Zealand last year and his selection means Christian Lealiifano drops out.

The fly-half is one of four overseas-based players in Cheika's squad, alongside Adam Ashley-Cooper, Will Genia and Drew Mitchell.

Giteau and Toulon team-mate Mitchell have been hit in the pocket by their club over their inclusion, but Cheika says a willingness to forego their wages is a positive for Australia.

"Matt and Drew, who are in that situation, and all the lads who have come from overseas - it wasn't a straightforward chit chat with the club owners to get them back - they [the players] have pushed those discussions," Cheika said. 

"Players are starting to realise that it's not just about money, you've got to make the most of your career on all fronts, achievement is why we're playing the game. I don't think anyone's playing this game for a job, not at this level. 

"Maybe the years that Matt missed out on playing for Australia, imagine how much that must have hurt him, if this is what he's doing now to play for Australia."

Cheika has also called on four uncapped players ahead of back-to-back Tests against the All Blacks.

Waratahs prop Tom Robertson, Brumbies prop Allan Alaalatoa, Rebels back-rower Lopeti Timani and winger Reece Hodge will all be looking to make an impression after Cheika lost the likes of Greg Holmes and Liam Gill to overseas clubs.

"Agents have been selling off players and promising them to clubs overseas," Cheika said. 

"I spoke to the Toulon owner, he didn't know Liam Gill was in a contract till the 31st of December. 

"The players are being put in really difficult situations. In these instances this year with these players, I really didn't want to let them go, but these players have been put in the middle of difficult situations by their agents by promising overseas clubs certain things that they're not certain they can deliver."