Rugby-Cheika will consider Giteau, Smith, Mitchell for World Cup
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By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, April 24 (Reuters) - Australia coach Michael Cheika says he would be "stupid" not to consider Matt Giteau, George Smith and Drew Mitchell for Wallabies selection after the trio, who play their club rugby in France, became eligible this week. The Australian Rugby Union, which like New Zealand and England had previously considered only home-based players for selection, partially reversed their policy on Wednesday to bring the three back into contention for this year's World Cup. "That's the whole idea to have more players to choose from, so of course I'm looking at them now and once I find their phone numbers I'm sure I'll be contacting them." Flyhalf Giteau, flanker Smith and winger Mitchell qualify for the exemption because they have won 60 caps and played for seven years for Australian Super Rugby sides.
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