Boudjellal bullying Giteau?

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:39
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NEWS: The club versus country debate once again boiled over after it emerged that Toulon boss Mourad Boudjellal maybe using his bullying tactics again.

Australian legend Matt Giteau is the only player still missing from the Wallabies training camp.

The Australian media now claim that Giteau is being 'strong-armed' into missing the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup series that get underway next month.

It is believed Boudjellal will do anything to prevent him rejoining the Wallabies.

The veteran playmaker (33), is still expected to report on the Wallabies training camp in Sydney, but posted on social media that he has rejoined the Toulon training sessions this week.

He last played for Australia in the 2015 World Cup Final and then returned to Toulon.

The overseas-based players who missed the recent series whitewash at the hands of England - including Drew Mitchell, Will Genia, Quade Cooper and Adam Ashley-Cooper - are now back home.

The Wallabies are preparing for their opening Rugby Championship Test next month against New Zealand in Sydney on August 20.

The 102-Test Giteau has been spending time with his family, but his social media posts suggest he may well succumb to the pressure from the Toulon boss and turn down the Wallaby call-up.

According to the Australian newspaper The Courier Mail, Toulon has threatened Giteau with a 'loss of earnings' should the veteran join Wallabies.

It cost him a staggering AU$250,000 to play at the World Cup, when he agreed with Toulon to have his salary stopped for more than three months.

Boudjellal has been known for his bullying tactics - threatening players who take part in international tournaments or Tests.

In the past he has threatened to 'rip up' the contracts of legendary players such as Bryan Habana, Bakkies Botha and Juan Fernandez Lobbe - to name but a few.

Wallaby coach Michael Cheika is expected to cull training squad from 40 to 30 by the end of next week.

Meanwhile, the Australian Rugby Union on Wednesday confirmed that the Wallabies will have a training camp on the Central Coast prior to their first Championship/Bledisloe Cup Test.

The Wallabies is expected to be in full camp from August 8 to 12 on the Central Coast.

Source: The Courier Mail