Genia concentrating on Wallabies

Date published: September 17 2014

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Will Genia insists his focus is on Australia despite a strong rumours that he will move to Bath after next year's World Cup.

Will Genia insists his focus is on Australia despite a strong rumours that he will move to Bath after next year's World Cup.

The Reds scrum-half was recalled to the Wallabies this weekend for their last two games of the Rugby Championship, having not yet played Test rugby in 2014.

Genia underwent ankle surgery in June having missed out on selection for the France Tests after a difficult Super Rugby season.

His recovery kept him out until this month, but after playing two games in the NRC, Ewen McKenzie decided he was ready to return.

However while Genia has been recovering from injury, there has been a lot of speculation about a potential move to the Northern Hemisphere next season, with Bath believed to be close to securing his signature.

A number of Top 14 clubs are also after the scrum-half, but Genia insists that no deal has been struck.

“When Ewen [McKenzie] called me up and told me I'd got picked it was like I'd been picked for the first time and that's a good sign,” Genia told AAP.

“From my point of view, I feel really hungry and the desire is obviously still there and burning and I still want to have an impact with Australian rugby moving forward.

“I'm not going to take it for granted. I'm not expecting to walk back into the team. I just want to make the most of my opportunity.

“Obviously at the end of the next Rugby World Cup I'll be 27, going on 28, and you have to consider whatever options are out there and depending on your circumstance whether you want to experience anything different or not.”

Genia could take advantage of Australia new sabbatical system if he does choose to go abroad, with the Wallabies following New Zealand's system of allowing players to head north for a season in order to keep them long-term.

“It's a step in the right direction in terms of wanting to keep not only the high-profile but top players within the country,” he added.

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