Matt Giteau comes out of retirement to play for US club

Matt Giteau announced retirement from professional rugby in February
Matt Giteau announced retirement from professional rugby in February

Wallabies legend Matt Giteau has made a surprising return to professional rugby after coming out of retirement.

The 41-year-old recently signed with the American club San Diego Legion for the upcoming 2024 season of Major League Rugby (MLR). Giteau previously played for the MLR club LA Giltinis, which ceased operations last year.

Despite announcing his retirement in February and joking about having "milked the game and contracts dry," Giteau is set to make a comeback in the sport.

“We are over the moon to secure the services of Matt for the upcoming season," Danny Lee, Head Coach and Director Of Rugby at San Diego Legion said.

"To have a highly experienced, International player of Matt’s caliber join the Legion is something very exciting.

"He is a world class player that will bring an incredible wealth of knowledge, competitive attitude and drive to succeed with him that will no doubt spread throughout the squad.

"We can’t wait to get the former MLR winner onboard."

The Wallaby veteran, having played in 103 tests, was a pivotal player during Australia's journey to the 2015 World Cup final in England.

Throughout his extensive two-decade career, he clinched seven prestigious competition trophies worldwide. These victories spanned across various countries, encompassing championship titles in Australia, France, Japan, and a notable win in the U.S. back in 2021 with the now-disbanded Giltinis.