Giteau back for Champions Cup knock out for Toulon

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by Beth Newman

Wallabies veteran Matt Giteau will feature in a star-studded Champions Cup quarter-final, when Toulon take on Racing 92 on Monday morning (AEST). 

 

Matt Giteau will make his long-awaited return from injury for Toulon but he’ll have to wait at least another week to reunite Australia’s most famous Francophile pairing, with Drew Mitchell injured (hip).

 

Giteau hasn’t played a match since undergoing groin surgery in December last year, for an inssue he had been managing since May 2015.

 

The Test centurion will go head-to-head with New Zealand rival Dan Carter, starting at flyhalf for their respective teams.

 

Wallabies veteran Matt Giteau will feature in a star-studded Champions Cup quarter-final, when Toulon take on Racing 92 on Monday morning (AEST). 

 

Matt Giteau will make his long-awaited return from injury for Toulon but he’ll have to wait at least another week to reunite Australia’s most famous Francophile pairing, with Drew Mitchell injured (hip).

 

Giteau hasn’t played a match since undergoing groin surgery in December last year, for an inssue he had been managing since May 2015.

 

The Test centurion will go head-to-head with New Zealand rival Dan Carter, starting at flyhalf for their respective teams.

 

Former Wallabies winger James O’Connor will line up on the left wing for Toulon in the sudden-death playoff.

 

Toulon is vying for its fourth straight Champions Cup crown.

 

In England, Wallabies veteran George Smith will start at openside flanker for Wasps as they face Exeter for a semi-final spot.

 

Wasps have a strong history in the competition,having won six of their last seven knock out Champions Cup matches, though it won’t be an easy proposition as the second and third placed Premiership teams clash.

 

Smith is set to head to Japan at season’s end, with Wasps officials lamenting his looking departure earlier this week after his starring roles in their success this season.

 

The winner of Sunday morning’s first quarter-final will face Saracens or Northampton in a semifinal in a fortnight. 

 

Peter Betham rounds out the Wallabies contingent featuring in Europe’s premier tournament this weekend, for Leicester.

 

Betham will combine in the centres with England international Manu Tuilagi for the Tigers against Stade Francais.

 

Stade has struggled in the Top 14 this season and face an incredibly tough challenge travelling to Welford Rd, where the Tigers have lost just once in the past 31 matches.

 

The winner will go on to play the victor of the Toulon-Racing Metro quarter-final.

 

CHALLENGE CUP

 

Montpellier became the first team through to the Challenge Cup semi finals overnight, with a 25-19 win over Sale.

 

Jesse Mogg started at fullback in the match, playing 61 minutes for Montpellier in the win, which sets up a final four clash against Gloucester or Newport Gwent.

 

On the other side of the draw, Peter Kimlin has been named at lock for Grenoble in their quarter-final against Connacht. 

 

A win would pit them against either the Harlequins or London Irish in a fortnight.

 

PRO12

 

Bullocking winger Taqele Naiyaravoro scored a try in a massive 43-14 win over Zebre, in the only PRO12 fixture this weekend.

 

Naiyaravoro brushed past an opponent to dot one down in the 73rd minute of the Warriors’ victory.

 

Capped Wallabies back Luke Burgess was the replacement scrumhalf for Zebre, coming on in the 63rd minute.

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