1 Dec 2008

Deans optimistic Giteau will stay in Australia

7:00 pm on 1 December 2008

The Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is optimistic Matt Giteau will choose country over cash and not try to walk away from Australian rugby to chase riches in France.

Although he plans to spend the next fortnight or so weighing up his options after receiving a massive offer to join Bayonne on a deal that would net him over $10 million over four years, Giteau is believed to be leaning towards staying put.

Australian rugby union boss John O'Neill has already made it clear he will neither grant Giteau an early release from his contract with the national body - which expires after the 2011 World Cup - nor allow the superstar five-eighth to take a Dan Carter-like sabbatical to play in France.

Deans is confident Giteau will remain in Australia as since making his Test debut six years ago he's yet to get his hands on a Bledisloe Cup, Tri Nations trophy or World Cup.