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    Giteau and Mitchell recalled to training squad

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/rugby-union/33348281

    Australia recall Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell to training squad


    Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau have been included in Australia's 40-man training squad for the Rugby Championship.
    The Toulon pair have not played for the Wallabies for more than three years but are back in the fold after a change in selection policy.
    The Australian Rugby Union now allow overseas-based players with more than 60 caps to be selected for Tests.
    The Wallabies have been drawn in the same group as hosts England and Wales for the 2015 World Cup this autumn.
    Coach Michael Cheika has not ruled out a return for 111-times capped flanker George Smith, in addition to fly-half Giteau (92 caps) and back three player Mitchell (63 caps).
    Smith, 34, has signed for English Premiership club Wasps and was not included in the squad, but Cheika has left the door open to the back-rower.
    "I've spoken with George and I've got a pretty clear role of how he might fit in here," he said.
    Smith played his last match for Australia against the touring British and Irish Lions in 2013, and will be 35 by the start of the World Cup.
    The inclusion of Giteau and Mitchell follows a change in the rule under which players based overseas were not considered for the Wallabies.
    Australia face South Africa in their opening Rugby Championship game in Brisbane on 18 July before travelling to Argentina a week later.
    Cheika's side face New Zealand home and away and travel to the United States for a Test match on 5 September.
    They open their World Cup campaign against Fiji in Cardiff on 23 September.

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    How pissed will the Honey Monster be that he turned us down?

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      #3
      Originally posted by Pony View Post
      How pissed will the Honey Monster be that he turned us down?
      I beg your pardon Pony?
      Gwan Joe!!

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        #4
        Yeah, that group containing Aus, England & Wales is going to be a real cracker. I can hardly wait to see those 3 games that will likely decide this ` group of death `. England should scrape out of this groupv but there's nothing certain at all, with Aus likely to be capable of winning the trophy not to mind the group, Wales containing the majority of the Lions test team (&coaching team of course) that beat Aus at home in 2013, and the coming England team at home hosting the Rwc at Twickers....It's a toss up that group, it should be a cracker!!! �
        Last edited by Daithi; 4th-July-2015, 15:11.
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        Munster were great when they were Munster.

        alas they are just north munster now.......
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