Wallabies Abroad: Genia returns as Aussies find tries in Japan

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While his Wallabies teammates are taking on England, Will Genia will be preparing for Stade Francais’ clash with Bayonne.

Genia will start at scrumhalf for Stade in the clash, as they look for a sixth win of the season.

Ben Mowen will line up at blindside flanker when Pau takes on Clermont, facing off against fellow Aussies, Clermont hooker Nathan Charles and lock Sitaleki Timani.

Joe Tomane will continue his run at outside centre for Montpellier, starting alongside scrumhalf Nic White against Grenoble, with Jesse Mogg on the bench. 

Peter Kimlin will play at No.6 for Grenoble in the clash.

Adam Ashley-Cooper will likely take on some of his former Test teammates on Monday morning (AEDT), when Bordeaux takes on Toulon, with teams for the clash yet to be announced. 


The Japanese competition is back after a month off for the November Tests, with plenty of Aussies taking the stage.

Scott Higginbotham crossed for NEC Green Rockets in a 38-31 win over his former teammate Anthony Fainga’a and the Kintetsu Liners.

The ageless George Smith found the line for Suntory in their 29-5 win over the NTT Communication Shining Arcs.


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Digby Ioane scored Honda’s only try in a 34-10 loss to the Ricoh Black Rams, finding the line in the 46th minute of the clash.

Mark Gerrard came off the bench in the 54th minute for the Toyota Industries Shuttles, as they went down to Yamaha, 63-7, while Wycliff Palu played the full 80 at number eight in Toyota Verlitz's 25-21 win over Canon.

Taqele Naiyaravoro is back in Japan and in the Panasonic Wild Knights’ matchday 23, named on the bench for their clash with Kubota.

Former Wallabies flyhalf Berrick Barnes has also been named on the pine, while lock Daniel Heenan will start for the Wild Knights.


Lachie Turner lined up at fullback, while Greg Holmes was at tighthead prop as Exeter beat Sale 21-3 to move into the Premiership’s top four.

Ben Tapuai will be at inside centre when Bath takes on defending champions Saracens, who will be missing a handful of Test players.

Ben Tapui against Harlequins for Bath in the Aviva Premiership. Photo: Getty ImagesPeter Betham will be at outside centre when Leicester takes on Northampton, with a win keeping the Tigers in touch with the top four.

Cooper Vuna has returned from Tonga national team duties to start for Worcester against Wasps, searching for just their second win of the season.

Former Wallabies skipper James Horwill will start for Harlequins against Newcastle to round out the Premiership round.