Genia confirmed to Stade Francais

Date published: April 2 2015

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Will Genia will join Stade Français after the World Cup on a three-year deal, according to club president Thomas Savare.

The Wallaby scrum-half will leave the Reds at the end of the current campaign, and it seems that Paris will be his destination.

Initially linked to a move to Bath, where he signed a pre-contract, Genia will instead head to the Top 14 where he will join a Stade team that looks on course to reach the play-offs for the first time in five seasons this year.

There he will face competition for the scrum-half jersey from French international pair Julien Dupuy and Julien Tomas, but Savare is optimistic that Genia can prove to be more than just a big name signing.

"We can confirm that Will Genia will be part of our squad from next season after the World Cup," Savare told France Bleu Sport.

"He's a great recruit for Stade Français, he will add to the squad in an important position. He will come for three years initially.

"I think he's attracted by the club, by Paris and France. And no doubt by the Top 14 and the style of Stade Français. It wasn't easy because he had signed a pre-contract with another club (Bath), but it shows how much he wanted to play here.

"I think Stade Français has always been attractive. But a player like this, an Australian international scrum-half, shows Stade Français are getting back to the top.

"It's always a risk to go and get a player from another Championship. We know he will have to adapt to the Top 14 but we have to take a risk.

"Our recruitment isn't finished. We'll see if there will be other stars or not but it's not really about the status of stars. We want players with qualities that we lack or to reinforce certain positions."

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