Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Genia ready for Force challenge

Will Genia has been named to start for Queensland Reds for the first time since undergoing a knee reconstruction

Queensland Reds half-back Will Genia will not worry if Western Force players target him when he makes his long-awaited return from a knee injury against the franchise he snubbed last year.

Genia has been named to start for the Reds in Saturday night's Super Rugby clash at Suncorp Stadium against the Force - who thought they had signed him when he was coming out of contract last year, only for him to renege on the deal and stay with the Reds on a less lucrative contract - in his first game since undergoing a knee reconstruction.

Asked if he expected the Force players to seek retribution, a defiant Genia said: "If they do, they do. I don't really care. I'm where I'm happy. That's all that matters to me."

The Wallabies scrum-half, who will skipper the Reds, is expected to play just 40 minutes as coach Ewen McKenzie eases his star man back into the fold after a six-month lay-off.

Genia has not played since he injured knee ligaments playing for the Wallabies in a Test against South Africa last September.

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

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

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