Genia seeing things differently

Date published: November 19 2014

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Confined to the bench in recent months for the Wallabies, scrum-half Will Genia is getting a new perspective on Test rugby.

Confined to the bench in recent months for the Wallabies, scrum-half Will Genia is getting a new perspective on Test rugby.

The rise of number nines Nick Phipps and Nic White has meant that Genia has been battling to make the matchday squad.

The Reds star made an impact off the bench along with Quade Cooper in last week’s loss to France and is expected to feature against Ireland this weekend.

Genia has won 57 caps for Australia but hasn’t made a start in nearly a year, since the Wallabies defeated Wales last November in Cardiff.

“For a long time there I was always playing number nine. Now I’m sitting on the bench and getting another perspective,” said Genia.

“It’s good because you get to look at the game from a different point of view.

“Sitting with Quade (in the loss to France) we were saying ‘potentially we could have done this, we could have done that’ and ‘when we get on, let’s do this’.

“It’s about helping the team in that sense and I’m trying to be positive about it all.”

Genia is also relishing working under Michael Cheika, even with the Wallabies being pushed for time to get ready for the Rugby World Cup.

“Everyone is excited about the way he wants to play the game and everyone has bought into it,” added Genia.

“We have around six Test matches until the World Cup and I think also the time the team will spend together in training and getting used to it, I think there’s more than enough.”

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