Autralian captain George Gregan will not be going on the EOYT with Australia.

Gregan has decided not to go on Australia’s four test end of year tour to enable him to focu on preparing for the RWC in France. It is reported on the Brumbies site that Gregan, the World’s most capped international player with 127 Test caps, said his decision to miss next month’s tour was based purely on the opportunity to gain a full physical preparation ahead of the World Cup. “I haven’t completed a solid block of physical training since 2000, so having the opportunity to rest from the Spring Tour will give me a chance to make some good physical gains leading into a World Cup year,? said Gregan.

Gregan cited Stirling Mortlock as an example of a player who has flourished from a period of extended training. “If you look at Stirling, he definitely had one of his best years this year after getting a full pre-season of training prior to the Super 14,? said Gregan. “Having that chance to complete two months of physical training is very rare these days and it really rejuvenated Stirling’s career,? he added.

Coach John Connolly has said that this does not mean Gregans career is over and that he understands Gregans perspective “that he wants to go out on a high after the World Cup and is focused on getting into the best possible shape to give himself the chance to perform at his best next year,?

Connolly added that he was “happy with Gregan’s form through the nine-Test series this winter, but has not assured his skipper a place in next year’s Test squad. “I think he’s had a very solid year for the Wallabies and has led the team pretty well. Having said that, no-one is guaranteed a place in the team. The tour will be important for a number of players, as will next year’s Super 14.?

Connolly said that Gregan would remain on stand-by for the Spring Tour if injuries persist in the halfback ranks. “At the moment we have some injury concerns at the scrumhalf position and we will wait and see on the fitness of Cordingley and Valentine over the next couple of weeks,?