The star Wallabies centre will play in the World Cup final against New Zealand this weekend after returning to the Test arena via an ARU eligibility rule change in April dubbed “Giteau’s Law”.
Giteau has been sensational and has often spoken about the privilege of pulling the Australian jersey back on, but what isn’t widely known is it has cost him a small fortune to play in the World Cup.
Along with Toulon teammate Drew Mitchell, Giteau agreed with Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal to stop the payment of his salary for the last 14 weeks, sources told NewsCorp Australia.
Mitchell has sacrificed approximately $150,000 to also return, and will also play for the Wallabies in the final.
The duo returned to Australia in July to have a shot at making the World Cup squad, and have spent the last three-and-a-half months dedicating themselves to winning the Webb Ellis Cup.
It is understood Giteau and Mitchell have earned around $100,000 in Wallabies match payments and through commercial arrangements, but it is a fraction of their hefty salaries at Toulon – Giteau’s in particular.
The 33-year-old will reportedly be the second-highest paid player in the world in 2016, earning $1.9 million per season. Dan Carter is set to earn a staggering $2.14 million per season with Racing Metro in France.
Giteau and Mitchell have been among the Wallabies’ most valuable players in their charge to the 2015 World Cup final.
It’s a long way from four years earlier when Giteau left Australian rugby bitter after being left out of the 2011 World Cup squad. He signed with Toulon and flourished alongside Jonny Wilkinson and a star-studded cast, winning Heineken Cups, Top 14 titles and the 2013-14 European player of the year.
Mitchell, 31, joined him at Toulon in 2013 and also continued to play strongly.
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