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Baby joy for Giteau


Jon Tuxworth

Matt Giteau's newborn Levi has impeccable sporting genes, but he may have to compete with his unborn cousin for future accolades.

The former Brumby's older sister Kristy is pregnant, and is due to welcome her first bundle of joy into the world in July.

The father is Canberra Royals No.8 Soakai Tai, a hulking Tongan who won the John I Dent Cup's player of the season.

On face value, they're the classic 'ying and yang' couple.

Tai measures nearly two metres, and is so shy he barely uttered a word collecting his award last year.

The effervescent Giteau is more than 30cm shorter, and is probably capable of talking underwater.

''My specialist told me the largest baby she's delivered was 14 pounds for Tongan parents, which was not the most comforting story to hear,'' Giteau laughed this week.

''We actually met in the Brumbies' gym. I was training for the Wallaroos and he was with the Brumbies Academy, and it went from there.

''We've been together for about a year. I'm a bit of a talker, and he's a very good listener.''

Despite starting a family, speedy winger Giteau is intent on helping Australia defend its World Sevens title at Moscow next year.

The sport has also been inducted into the Olympic schedule from 2016, but the 30-year-old is unsure whether she'll set her sights on Rio de Janeiro.

''Obviously my priorities may change post-birth and there might be a few things I value more, but at the moment I'm still training in moderation and keeping in the loop,'' Giteau said.

''I'm following the maternity program the Wallaroos' coach has sent out, and it gives me nine months to get my fitness back and go to the World Cup.''

Kristy has regularly been in contact with Matt and his wife Bianca, a professional netballer, for tips in preparation for the day her life changes forever.

Matt is currently playing in France for Toulon, and their Skype sessions have given his sister a taste of the joys of becoming a parent.

''In the Skype sessions he's heavily whipped, the baby's got him wrapped around his little finger,'' Kristy laughed.

''He just said it's amazing and it's the best thing that's happened to him.

''It would be nicer if he was closer, and I could get some real hands-on experience with a newborn.''

Australian women's rugby has turned its main focus to sevens to ensure it's an Olympic contender in four years' time.

Giteau remains actively involved in luring players to the code through 'come and try' days, and will attend today's Queanbeyan Sevens to scout potential talent.

''The emphasis is on Olympics, so they're putting in place some more formalised sevens competitions,'' Giteau said.

''At a national level they've identified a squad which will train for international tournaments and try and defend our world title.''

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 6 vs RSA 22 Report Stats
SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
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Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG 26 vs AUS 17 Report Stats
WAL 12 vs RSA 6 Report Stats
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