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Episode 196 - Matt Giteau

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In this podcast

2:00 – Welcome Matt Giteau

2:34 – Who’s the best goal kicker in the Giteau family

4:00 – Learning to goal kick

6:05 – What position he played in Rugby League

6:50 – Ben Barba

8:35 – Why he started wearing a head gear

10:15 – Changing schools and finding Union

12:17 – Why he gave up playing Rugby League

13:55 – Learning from Matt Henjack

15:43 – The fear of failure

16:50 – Contact sessions at the Brumbies

17:45 – Defensive sessions with Dean Pay

18:30 – Meeting Eddie Jones

19:45 – Finishing school and deciding what to do next

21:25 – Arriving at the airport for his first Wallabies tour

22:17 – Rooming with Wendell Sailor

23:24 – Bonding sessions on Tour

24:25 – His test debut against England

25:51 – His preferred playing position

27:11 – Why Rugby Union isn’t as popular

27:48 – Who was responsible for the Brumbies culture

29:55 – How he approached his first super rugby final

31:42 – Playing at Bruce Stadium

32:43 – When his bromance with Drew Mitchell begun

35:06 – Owning a wine business with his best friends

36:30 – The Block Raider

38:03 – The comparison between his 3 World Cups

39:31 – Not making the 2011 World Cup team

41:21 – How he got back in the team for the 2015 Wallabies team

43:25 – The origins of his Swan dive

44:36 – Coach he connected with the most

47:47 – Joining Toulon and the pressure on an import player

50:30 – How long it took for him to gel with Johnny Wilkinson

53:03 – Trying to build team culture in overseas teams

55:21 – What Japanese rugby is really like

59:34 – Player he played against he would have loved to have played with

59:58 – 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party


Matt Giteau is one of the Legends of Australian Rugby, Matt is capped in 102 tests which started when he debut for the Wallabies in 2002 against England and included 3 World Cups in 2003, 2007 and 2015. His wonderful career has taken him all around the World, starting in Australia for the ACT Brumbies and Western Force before moving to Toulon in France and most recently Suntory in Japan.

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