One Percenters: Federer's advice for Genia and EJ meets Day

by Sam Phillips and Beth Newman

Wallabies halfback Will Genia ticked off a bucket list item in London, meeting tennis legend Roger Federer at the ATP Tour finals.

Genia is a mad Federer fan and said the 19-time Grand Slam champion was refreshingly normal.

“He was just such a cool dude, it was like speaking to one of your mates,” he said.

“He stood there for about 20 minutes and spoke to myself and Nard (Bernard Foley).

There was one particular piece of advice Genia is pretty keen to try and spread from the Swiss maestro.

“One thing he did say to me is he reckons ice baths are a myth,” he said.

“He Doesn't do any of that. He's the GOAT, so I'll take that from him.”

McMahon will be missed

Sean McMahon won't be playing for the Wallabies again for at least another year. Photo: Getty ImagesWallabies coach Michael Cheika has spoken about his desire for Sean McMahon to be involved in the 2019 Rugby World Cup, despite a looming move to Japan, and skipper Michael Hooper put his cards on the table on Sunday as well.

“I think Sean has been fantastic. Everyone would have seen his on-field stuff, his ball carrying, his defence, but he's made some gains about his character off the field,” he said.

“The leaders within the group, the boss, the coaches. He will be a loss, it's a shame to lose him and I want to see him back.”

As for McMahon, he gave some reporters a preview of his Japanese skills this week, introducing himself.

“Hajimemashite, watashi wa Sean san desu. Watashi wa oosutoraria jin desu. Dozo yoroshiku, onegaishimasu,” he said.

“That's pretty much, 'Nice to meet you. I'm Australian, I am Sean,’ and then, 'Please look after me, please.'”

EJ and Day hit the course

There were a few big-name sport stars hitting golf courses this week ahead of the Australian Open golf.

Aussie Sevens veteran Ed Jenkins, who is a keen golfer, ticked off a pretty cool experience in the pro-am, playing with world no. 12 Jason Day.

Not only did he have the chance to have a hit with Day, the pair actually took out the pro-am, beating out teams including former Test cricket captain Ricky Ponting and Jordan Spieth.

Rona's rugby future unclear

Curtis Rona is one of two current Wallabies, and former Force players, who conspicuously hasn’t declared his next move.

The longer things go on, the stronger the whispers become that the utility back will head back to the NRL in 2018.

Folau gets hitched

While his teammates were preparing for a final Test in Edinburgh, Israel Folau was basking in the glow of his wedding day - tying the knot with fiance Maria Tutaia in the Kangaroo Valley.

Though he said before taking his sabbatical that there wouldn’t be wedding bells in his month off, Folau and Tutaia said ‘I Do’ during his month off.

The timing of the day was interesting, to say the least, falling on the same day that Australia’s same sex marriage survey results were released.


He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord. Proverbs 18:22 📷 @elle4lovephotography

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Burgess pulls the boots on

Former Wallaby Luke Burgess had the University of Tasmania clipboard in the Uni7s earlier this year and he laced up the boots again this weekend in Bendigo.

Burgess, who only retired last year, featured for Tasmania in the national sevens championship on Saturday,in the tournament. 


Back to the future with Burgo.

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