Canberra rugby legend Matt Giteau back from LA and assessing his future

Tim Gavel 7 September 2021 11
Matt Giteau and his family

Matt Giteau with his wife, Bianca, and three children. Photo: Supplied.

In 2011, at 29 years of age, Matt Giteau signed an 18-month contract with French Top 14 club Toulon, and he was already contemplating life after football.

“I thought that would be it and I was wondering what else I was going to do,” he recalls.

Ten years later, it appears he has again reached that point of decision.

Matt has just returned home after a season with US Major League Rugby title winners LA Giltinis, in their first year in the competition.

Apart from being one of Australia’s greatest rugby union players with 103 Tests for the Wallabies to his name, he is also a realist. He will turn 39 at the end of September, not that age has really been a factor given his incredible fitness.

“I’ll talk to people in LA, but there are more factors at play than football,” says Matt. “There is the kids’ schooling and lifestyle to consider.”

He and wife Bianca have three children and a strong support network in Canberra.

LA Giltinis rugby team celebrating with US Major League Rugby trophy

The LA Giltinis after recently winning their inaugural US Major League Rugby title. Photo: Supplied.

There will be plenty of options beyond playing.

“There are lots of different avenues,” says Matt. “I want to find something I enjoy more than anything else.”

Would coaching be an option?

“I like making a difference to young players, but I’m not sure about a full-time role,” says Matt. “My preference would be as a spot coach.”

His name remains in the news in this part of the world, with Rugby Australia looking to relax what has become known as the ‘Giteau law’ – the allowing of players with 60 Test caps or more to be selected for the Wallabies when not playing for an Australian Super Rugby team.

The rule effectively allowed Matt to be selected for the Wallabies even though he was playing overseas.

“I feel fondly about it,” he says. “It allowed me to play another World Cup, in 2015, and reach 100 Tests.”

Matt Giteau with his wife and children

What’s next for the Giteau family? Photo: Supplied.

The family name has also been prominent in recent times with Matt’s sister, Kristy, establishing a charity to raise funds to help families of children battling rare cancers, as well as cancer research.

Kristy established the ‘Win the Day’ charity because her daughter, Ka’ili, was receiving treatment for a rare kidney cancer.

Matt says he’s been blown away by the community support for his sister and her family.

“I’m very proud of her,” he says. “It would have been easy to focus on her own situation, but she is helping others. She is very passionate about it and the Canberra community has been very supportive.”

It highlights the drive in the Giteau family, something Matt has demonstrated many times in his life.

And with his determination and positive attitude, whatever he does in his next chapter, it is sure to be a success.


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11 Responses to Canberra rugby legend Matt Giteau back from LA and assessing his future
Liz Vinaka Liz Vinaka 7:58 am 09 Sep 21

👏👏 Good to have him back in town ❤️

Wilzy Taurua Wilzy Taurua 4:53 am 09 Sep 21

The Prodigy returns..Legend Matty and Go the Giteaus!!❤😁

Hughie Phillips Hughie Phillips 12:53 pm 08 Sep 21

Matt get him back at the eagles

Scotty Jeffery Scotty Jeffery 9:23 am 08 Sep 21

Gits come have run with us at the speed demons again Sanyo Peppers you can be captain/coach

    Sanyo Peppers Sanyo Peppers 10:24 am 08 Sep 21

    Scotty Jeffery ytbucktwat🏃🏼‍♂️💨

    Scotty Jeffery Scotty Jeffery 10:36 am 08 Sep 21

    Sanyo Peppers them the days brother 😂🤣😂

KJ Tuoro KJ Tuoro 9:17 am 08 Sep 21

Wallabies need to sign him up straight away!! Doesn’t have to be a playing position but they definitely need him there in some way.

Lolmarg Fisher Lolmarg Fisher 8:55 am 08 Sep 21

Hope he went into quarantine then

    Tim Gavel Tim Gavel 9:13 am 08 Sep 21

    Lolmarg Fisher yes they had two weeks quarantine in Sydney

Fran Maher Fran Maher 8:26 am 08 Sep 21

Welcome home Giteau's 😊

Matt Steele Matt Steele 8:55 pm 07 Sep 21

Perhaps a halfback for the raiders lol

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