One Percenters: Good news for Genia, Folau date to be set

Super Rugby
by Beth Newman, Emma Greenwood and Iain Payten

Rebels halfback Will Genia has been all but cleared of serious injury after coming off early in Saturday's loss to the Waratahs.

Genia looked to be in serious pain after a series of knocks against the Waratahs on Saturday night, clutching his ribs post-match.

The halfback was sent for scans on Sunday on his ribs and a shoulder issue but those were set to be precautionary.

The Rebels have a bye next week before taking on the Hurricanes a week later and Genia is expected to be fit for that clash.

Any injury to Genia would be a serious blow for both the Rebels and the Wallabies in a World Cup

The 31-year-old has been in career-best form and his combination with flyhalf Quade Cooper has been pivotal for Melbourne this season.

Folau hearing to be pencilled in

The date for Israel Folau's code of conduct hearing is set to be confirmed on Monday.

Tribunal members John West, Kate Eastman and John Boultbee will convene to discuss the procedure and will likely confirm a date for the hearing, which is set to take place over two days.

While the day is not confirmed just yet, it will take place in the week of April 29, after the Easter and ANZAC Day public holidays are over.

The reaction to the Folau drama is still ongoing, with a number of other high-profile players being embroiled in various discussions in its aftermath.

AFL star Gary Ablett was forced to explain why he liked, and then unliked, Folau's Instagram post.

Reds captain Samu Kerevi also responded to an article that made mention of his  interview after Queensland's win over the Sharks, where he mentioned God.

In a post on his Instagram story, Kerevi wrote: "I apologise to anyone that I have offended in giving praise to our God on a weekend that we take off to celebrate his Sacrifice for you and I. I will always give praise to Him. To the media, it's all love brothers & sisters, God Bless and enjoy your weekend."

English dons rainbow laces for Waratahs clash

Tom English donned rainbow laces against the Waratahs. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyRebels captain Tom English was one of a handful of players in Super Rugby to wear rainbow shoe laces in the Waratahs’ clash - and the message was loud and clear in the wake of Israel Folau’s controversial comments.

Former Waratah prop Angus Ta’avao had worn the same laces on Friday night when playing for the Chiefs against the Lions.

"I am an ambassador for the gay rugby community down in (Victoria) so it was about showing a bit of support to them,” English said.

Move over Ice Man, Bernard Foley is really the Tin man

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson might just win the prize for best obscure movie reference this season after his comments about Bernard Foley after NSW's derby win.

When asked about Foley's performance, Gibson referenced 1996 golf movie "Tin Cup".

Tin Cup, starring Kevin Costner, centres around a former golfing prodigy who tries to make a run at the PGA tour.

"I am really pleased for Bernard," Gibson said.

"He obviously had those two errors early where he failed to find touch and that can really put you off as a five-eighth, so I am really pleased he came out of it.

"It’s like the movie Tin Cup, where the guy kept having a crack. That’s what he did and what he does."

Rebels pay tribute to Hooper

Saturday night's derby was a bruising one but there was still time for interstate camaraderie post-match.

Waratahs captain Michael Hooper celebrated his 100th NSW match and a host of Rebels players visited the NSW changerooms post-match with a bottle of Moet for the well-respected flanker.

A nice touch after a tough week and an intense conference clash.

Drought-breaking win gives Thorn footy flashback


Queensland coach Brad Thorn knew South Africa had been the home of a long-time Reds hoodoo.

But he had no idea, until informed after the match that their losing streak in Durban stretched back 15 years.

It must seem like a lifetime ago for Thorn.

"I wasn't actually aware of that. In 2004, I was a 29-year-old playing my footy," he said.

"So it's a long time."

Long enough ago that Thorn was in his first stint in Super Rugby before switching back to league, where he won a premiership with the Broncos in 2006 before heading back to the 15-man again and adding Super Rugby and World Cup titles to his resume before eventually starting a coaching career.

That resume goes a long way to explaining Thorn's philosophy on South Africa and his post-match comment that "we didn't want to get back on the plane without having something to take back with us".

As Reds captain Samu Kerevi pointed out, Thorn just believes South Africa is too far to go to lose.

Mason making waves in the country

Sometimes, especially in a weeks like the recent fortnight, it can be easy to forget the good things that footy players do around the community.

A story involving Waratahs squad flyhalf Mack Mason was circulated this week that served as a timely reminder about this.

Mick Coffey, president of Narrabri Junior Rugby Club, sent a message to Sydney's Easts rugby club, detailing how Mason had become somewhat a mentor to his rugby-playing kids.

After a Waratahs visit to the club, Mason kept in touch with the Coffrey family and has become a close friend of the family.

For the full story, click here.

Junior Wallabies hit the ground running

Forget chocolate eggs and hot cross buns, Australia's best young rugby players were fuelling up for heavy workloads over the Easter break after heading into camp at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast ahead of Friday's opening game of the Oceania U20 championships.

The Junior Wallabies squad will relocate to Bond University from Tuesday as preparations ramp up for their first game of the series against Japan.

New Zealand will take on Fiji in the opening match of the tournament from 5pm AEST, ahead of the Australia-Japan clash.

The series acts as a lead-up to the U20 world championships in Argentina in June.