Will Genia

  • 31 Age
  • 82kg Weight
  • 174cm Height

Biography

Will Genia ranks among the great Wallaby halfbacks of all-time. Suitably diminutive and feisty Genia, and long-time Queensland Reds’ teammate Quade Cooper, formed a threatening partnership that rivalled all others in the early part of the 2010s. Since then Genia has teamed with Bernard Foley to bring stability to the key Wallaby halves positions. 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 against the U.S.A. at the Rugby World Cup. After he played a central role in Australia’s run to the 2015 Rugby World Cup final, Genia left Australia to play with Stade Français. He returned home in 2017 and a year later, in the final international of the season against England, became just the 10th Wallaby to play 100 Tests matches.

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 when he replaced Luke Burgess in the 16-22 loss to New Zealand in Auckland. He earned his first run-on XV cap against South Africa in Brisbane. Genia ended the season with eleven caps, the last seven as the starting halfback.

2010

After a stuttering start to the Test season Genia eventually established himself as the No. 1 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 throughout the year and only missed the pool match against Russia in Nelson. In Wellington, against the United States, Genia became the 78th Wallaby to captain his country.

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 in an attempt to field a high kick in the 26-19, 1st Test win over South Africa in Perth.

2013

Genia enjoyed a successful return from injury to win 13 starting caps (as well as one replacement cap). 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 as he won just one cap in the opening four Tests. Nonetheless, he entered the Rugby World Cup as the No. 1 halfback and started in six of the seven matches, including each of the three finals.

2016

He endured an injury plagued season with Stade Français 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 Français in near career best form and was prominent in almost every Wallaby victory of the year.

2018

Genia started at halfback in 12 of the Wallabies 13 Tests. He missed the third match against Ireland due to a broken right forearm suffered in the second international in Melbourne.