Genia set for long-awaited return

13th Mar 2013, 10:00

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Back in red: Will Genia

Back in red: Will Genia

Wallabies and Reds scrum-half Will Genia will make his comeback from injury in Saturday's Super Rugby clash against the Western Force.


Wallabies and Reds scrum-half Will Genia will make his comeback from injury in Saturday's Super Rugby clash against the Western Force.

The 25-year-old has been sidelined for the last six months after injuring his knee during Australia's Rugby Championship clash against South Africa.

Genia, who will skipper the Reds, is expected to play just 40 minutes at Suncorp Stadium as coach Ewen McKenzie eases his star man back into the fold.

"Hopefully from then on I will be playing the full 80," said Genia.

"I said they would have to handcuff me at halftime because I will want to get back out there.

"But I have to be smart, build up the endurance. It would be wise just to keep it to 40 minutes."

Genia also sounded confident of being in good shape before the arrival of the British and Irish Lions' tour Down Under.

"I know I have done the hard work in getting my body right. It has actually been fortunate in a way because it has allowed me to have a full pre-season," he added.

"I am refreshed after being out of the game for so long. I am happy about my fitness and my head space."