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Matt Giteau is leaving France for his next adventure

  • Suntory Sungoliath have announced the signing of Matt Giteau
  • The Wallabies legend leaves Toulon after six years at the Top 14 club
  • England head coach Eddie Jones was their boss between 2009 and 2012
Wallabies legend Matt Giteau has signed with defending Japanese Top League champions Suntory Sungoliath for the 2017/18 season.

The 34-year-old revealed in January in an Instagram post that he was leaving Toulon after six years at the French heavyweights to continue his career in Japan.


It’s not yet known the length of his contract, as Japanese clubs aren’t obliged to reveal the length of player contracts or how much they are paid.

“I want to announce that at the end of this season I will leave to play in Japan,” Giteau wrote in January.

“Making this decision was the toughest of my rugby career but it is the best for my family to be closer to Australia.

“I want to say a big thank you to the players, (who I have made life long friendship with), coaches, president and staff behind the scenes since 2011.

“I owe a lot to you.

“I also want to say a big thank you to the supporters Toulonnais who will remain in my heart for life.

“The time spent in Toulon was the best period of my rugby career.

“My main goal now is to win titles for this historic club. #ToujoursToulonnais #MerciEncore.”

Giteau will link up with his new club ahead of the start of the Japanese season, which gets underway in August and concludes at the end of January.

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