Will Genia
Position Scrumhalf
Date of birth 17 January 1988
Height 174cm
Weight 82kg
Debut 2009 vs New Zealand, Auckland
Caps 88 Tests
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Biography

Will Genia ranks among the great Wallaby halfbacks of all time. Born in Papua New Guinea, Genia was educated at Brisbane Boys' College and from there he went on to represent Australia at the 2006 U19 World Championships. Later that same year Genia made his debut for Queensland having not played a single senior club match. He spent the next few seasons biding his time behind Sam Cordingley and Luke Burgess before he was rewarded with a Test debut against New Zealand in 2009. In 2011, Genia was a key figure with the Reds when they won their maiden Super Rugby title and later that year his leadership qualities were honoured when he captained the Wallabies at the Rugby World Cup.

Highlights

2006
Selected in the victorious Australian team at the IRB U19s World Championship in the United Arab Emirates. Later that year Genia debuted for Queensland against Japan.


2009

Genia won his first Test cap off the bench against New Zealand in Auckland. He earned his first start against South Africa in Brisbane. Genia ended the season with 11 caps, the last seven as the starting halfback.


2010

After a stuttering start to the Test season Genia eventually established himself as the first-choice  halfback, with 10 starting caps in the final 11 Tests of the year.


2011

Genia was an integral part of the Wallabies’ 2011 Rugby World Cup campaign. He played in 12 of the 13 Tests and only missed the pool match against Russia.Genia became the 78th Wallaby to captain his country, leading the team out against the USA.


2012

In a devastating blow to the national team, Genia was ruled out of action for up to six months after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against South Africa in Perth.


2013

Genia enjoyed a successful return from injury to win 14 Test caps. He played his 50th Test in the 33-41 loss to New Zealand in Dunedin.


2014

Genia missed the entire Test season after he underwent surgery on his injured right ankle.


2015

Genia had a mixed start to the international season, winning just one cap in the opening four Tests. Nonetheless, he entered the Rugby World Cup as the starting halfback and started in six of the seven tournament matches, before joining French club Stade Francais.


2016

He endured an injury-plagued season with Stade Francais yet responded to a call from coach Michael Cheika to return to Test football. Genia won nine caps in what was a mixed year of results for the team.


2017

Genia earned 13 caps from a possible 14 Tests as he returned from a second season with Stade Francais in near career-best form and was prominent in almost every Wallabies victory of the year.

International 2019 season

Tries 1
Points 5
Carries 18
Metres 61
Kicks In Play 9
Successful Tackles 9
Missed Tackles 7