10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
National Coach Eddie Jones said the selections of Giteau, who turns 20 on Sunday, and Freier is an exciting step towards the future. "We have a two-tiered approached to selections," said Jones. "We need to pick proven players who can win test matches but at the same time we must bring through new talent that could play a role in next year's World Cup."
Giteau said the tour honour caps off a big year for him. "A lot has happened to me in 2002 but to be part of this tour is completely unexpected. I know George Smith is pretty happy too considering he's no longer the youngest player on tour and doesn't have to baby sit the Wallaby mascot." he said.
The selectors opted for a third scrumhalf to cover for Wallaby skipper George Greganwho is scheduled to fly home during the tour to attend the birth of his second child. "Family comes first and George is a great family man and he has the full support of the ARU when the time comes for him to leave the tour and return for the birth," said John O'Neill, ARU Managing Director.
The 27-man Vodafone Wallabies squad will assemble for two camps before flying out on October 25 for Buenos Aires. 2002 Vodafone Wallabies Spring Tour Squad. Matthew Burke (Waratahs); Matt Cockbain (Reds); David Croft * (Reds);Ben Darwin (Brumbies); Owen Finegan (Brumbies); Elton Flatley(Reds);Adam Freier *(Waratahs); David Giffin (Brumbies); Matt Giteau * (Brumbies); George Gregan [c](Brumbies); Justin Harrison (Brumbies); Daniel Herbert (Reds); Toutai Kefu (Reds); Chris Latham (Reds); Stephen Larkham (Brumbies); David Lyons (Waratahs); Stirling Mortlock (Brumbies); Patricio Noriega (Waratahs); Jeremy Paul (Brumbies); Mat Rogers (Waratahs); Wendell Sailor(Reds); George Smith (Brumbies); Nick Stiles(Reds); Ben Tune (Reds); Daniel Vickerman (Brumbies); Chris Whitaker (Waratahs); Bill Young (Brumbies); ( * denotes uncapped ).
Daniel Heenan (back), Nathan Grey (knee), Steve Kefu (shoulder) and Nathan Sharpe (shoulder) were unavailable due to injury.
Vodafone Wallabies Tour Schedule - Brief: Pre-tour camp at Coffs Harbour. Monday, 4 November 1100, Arrive London 1600, Arrive Dublin 1725 (Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin). Saturday, 9 November 1430 Vodafone Wallabies v Ireland , Lansdowne Road, Dublin.