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Genia backs Cooper for Wallabies

07th May 2013 08:57


Will Genia and Quade cooper Reds SR Final 2011

Genia is most comfortable with Cooper on his outside

Reds scrum-half Will Genia has pushed Quade Cooper's case to reclaim Australia's fly-half spot for the upcoming series against the British and Irish Lions.

Genia gave Wallabies coach Robbie Deans a not-so-subtle hint that he would prefer Cooper to wear the number 10 jersey for the Wallabies by saying he never feels more comfortable than when his Reds team-mate is on his outside.

"I love playing with Quade," he told AAP.

"I don't feel as comfortable as I do with him.

"We've got a long relationship. We've played together for a long time - I really enjoy that combination.

"More than anything it is a trust thing. In whatever decision each makes we back and support each other."

Cooper - who was fined last year after he criticised the Wallabies set-up under Deans - was diplomatic when asked about Wallabies selection.

"It all depends on what the coach and the selectors are looking for," he said.

"Personally I am doing my best to work with Will, get the best out of each other and the Reds - I am not looking further than that."

Australia will name their squad on May 19 before the Lions begin their 10-match tour against the Barbarians in Hong Kong on June 1.

Genia was eager to remind the Wallabies selectors what his combination with Cooper could do before the squad is picked but admitted that the he is frustrated by the inconsistency of the Reds' attacking game.

"Our attack is stuttering a bit and we haven't scored as many tries as we would have liked," he added.

"We have had mountains of possession and we are not able to convert them into points - that's a big focus for us this week.

"We need to vary the way we play. At the moment we are doing the same thing over and over again - it's not like us.

"We have a lot of strings to our bow.

"It's about bringing them all out in a particular game."