England legend Jonny Wilkinson has indicated that he thinks the hopes of a Wallabies World Cup triumph could lie in the hands of one man.
Wilkinson has recently come out in support of former Toulon teammate Matt Giteau, who he believes to hold the key to the Wallabies World Cup hopes.
The reigning Top 14 player of the year made his Wallabies debut at the age of 20, before going on to collect 92 caps and 104 Super Rugby appearances, before leaving Australia for French Top 14 giants Toulon in controversial circumstances.
Giteau’s move to France meant he could no longer represent the Wallabies due to their policy of only selecting players based in Australia. However, four years on, many believe Giteau to be in the best form of his career after winning the Top 14 and European double last season.
Now, his former Toulon teammate, and bitter 2003 World Cup final rival Jonny Wilkinson has gone on record to state that he can’t understand how the ARU allowed the talented utility back to leave.
“He’s exceptional, I don’t quite know how a team ever let him go in Australia to come over here,” Wilkinson commented late last year.
David Campese also recently included Giteau in the Australian team he would take to the 2015 World Cup, and former Wallaby coach John Connolly went further, stating Giteau was the ideal captain.
Giteau has largely credited his turnaround to the birth of his sons, Levi and Kai, and the increased work-life balance playing in France has brought his family.
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