For any rugby-obsessed kid of the 2000's, hearing Matt Giteau's name will conjure up memories of match winning goals, epic playmaking and a rare breed of utility back. After debuting for the ACT Brumbies back in 2001, the former Wallaby is still playing, 17 years later. And he's not just 'playing' - he remains one of the world's most in demand international players.
Last appearing for the Wallabies in 2016, the 35 year-old is one of only 8 players to ever play more that 100 Tests for Australia. His staying power, ability to create incredible play, and unparalleled experience have made him a target for overseas clubs for the best part of this decade. After recently finishing up a 6 year stint with France's Toulon, Giteau now plays for the Japanese Top League side Suntory Sungoliath.
With classic Giteau humility, the tree-time World Cup player only recently 'retired' from the Wallabies, taking to Instagram to put rumours about his Wallabies future to bed. "I decided a while ago to retire from international rugby. Its been such a huge honour & privilege to represent my country for as long as I did," said Giteau.
Speaking to foxsports.com.au last month, Giteau explained his position in relation to his International career, saying “I’m just going to keep supporting him [Wallabies coach Michael Cheika] and helping out wherever I can, if there is an opportunity to help out. But from a playing point of view, I’d think that’s it.”
And while the announcement called full-time on his Test career, Giteau remains at the top of the game, helping current team Sungoliath to a league victory this January in his first season with the club.
The Nuzest ambassador is a self-acknowledged veteran of the sport, and whilst he shows no signs of slowing down, Giteau is sure to be fueling his body to perfection to maintain form and handle the demands of athlete-life.
Giteau shared his typical day's diet exclusively with Men's Health, giving us an insight into the fuel that powers a true enduring sporting legend.
Matt Giteau's Day-On-A-Plate
Wake up: Large glass of warm water with half a squeezed lemon
Morning Smoothie: I blend Nuzest Clean Lean Protein with a scoop of Nuzest Good Green Stuff with 350mL ice cold water, a large banana, a tablespoon of almond butter and ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper.
Breakfast: A double shot espresso, 2 poached eggs with mushrooms, spinach, tomato, avocado, and two pieces of sourdough toast.
Snack: Nuzest Clean Lean Protein Bar
“I’m loving both flavours so it’s whatever is on hand plus a handful of walnuts and peanuts.”
Lunch: Herb roasted chicken breast with baked sweet potato fries, 1 cup brown rice, and a salad of baby spinach, tomato, cucumber, and some olives.
Dinner: Baked lemon & garlic salmon steak with stir-fried greens, capsicum, and baby corn with 1 cup steamed quinoa
Dessert: 2 scoops Nuzest Clean Lean Protein and a scoop of Nuzest Good Green Stuff, shaken up with 300mL ice cold water usually accompanied by a banana, and some blueberries or strawberries.
Hydration: I always try to make sure I drink about 3L of water throughout the day.