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Giteau to be back at No.10: Larkham

By Adrian Warren 26/10/2005 05:06:04 AM Comments (0)

Injured Wallabies star Stephen Larkham expects Mat Rogers' tenure at five eighth to be short-lived, tipping Matt Giteau to wear the No.10 jersey in next month's Test against France.

Larkham, who will miss the tour of France and the United Kingdom because of a shoulder reconstruction, believes coach Eddie Jones will want to unleash his big guns as the Wallabies seek to avoid a sixth consecutive Test lost when they play the Tricolores on November 5.

"I think that's their most important game of the tour, I think it will be their hardest game of the tour and I'm sure Eddie will put his best side on the paddock," Larkham said.

"I think he'll probably go with Gits, just for the experience. He's been there, he's played a number of Tests there."

Rogers occupied the five-eighth spot in Australia's last Test against New Zealand, but Larkham said Giteau's greater experience in the position would land the Brumbies star the No.10 jersey for the European tour's opening Test in Marseille.

Larkham said he favoured a rotation system for positions heading into the 2007 World Cup and expects that he and Giteau will be alternating at five-eighth for the Brumbies next season.

The most capped Australian No.10 admitted he would even be prepared to sit out domestic Tests in the months leading up to the World Cup.

"I'm sure Eddie (Jones) is going to be smart about making sure the guys are fresh coming into the World Cup and not playing everyone through those domestic games, and I think that's very important," he said.

Giteau played Tests at five-eighth earlier in the season when Larkham was injured and also deputised for him for a significant portion of the Brumbies Super 12 campaign.

"He's going very well," Larkham said of Giteau.

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