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St.George Queensland Reds scrumhalf Will Genia has declared he will “give everything” to the Reds and Wallabies over the next three years after today finalising his contract with the Australian Rugby Union.
The agreement with Australian Rugby comes seven months after Genia inked a three-year deal with the Reds and ensures Australia’s best scrumhalf continues his career in the country until at least the end of 2015.
Genia made the announcement at Ballymore on Friday where he told the media that he was both relieved and happy to get his future finalised.
> Click here to listen to Will Genia’s media conference
“It’s a massive relief. I first committed to the Reds midseason and to finally have it sorted now makes my very happy,” Genia said.
“This is definitely where I want to be and it’s where I am committed to. I’ll give everything to the Reds and to representing Australia. I’m just grateful I am here for another three years.
“The World Cup in 2015 is also a big reason I signed for three years. It takes me through to the next World Cup and I’ll continue to work hard to ensure I’m playing good consistent Rugby, so that by that time I’ll still be playing for the Wallabies.”
In further exciting news for Reds supporters, Genia said his rehabilitation from offseason knee surgery was going smoothly as he continues to target a return to Super Rugby early in the season.
“I am currently 11 weeks into my rehab now and will start running in about three or four weeks, so things are progressing well,” he said.
“At the moment my focus is just about getting my body right so I am good to go for the Reds.”
Will Genia was the real ironman of Queensland Rugby in 2012 as he featured in every minute of all 17 Super Rugby matches before finishing the season as the team’s captain following a hamstring injury to James Horwill, just before the competition’s June Test break.
The 75 Reds caps Genia has earned heading into 2013 ranks him third on the current squad list of most games played for Queensland and he is now well on track to join the prestigious 100 Cap Club of Queensland Rugby after finalising his new deal.
On the international stage Genia stepped up into the Wallabies captaincy during the June Test window against Scotland and Wales and also in the early stages of the Rugby Championship before a serious knee injury forced the talented playmaker to go under the knife.
His efforts in 2012 came after a memorable 2011 season where he confirmed his status as an elite talent in world Rugby after winning his second straight Pilecki Medal for Players’ Player. He was also crowned the Australian Super Rugby Player of the Year in 2011, after finishing behind his halves partner Quade Cooper in 2010.
2011 also marked Genia’s 50th Queensland and Super Rugby appearance. That was followed with selection as the Wallabies first-choice halfback at the Rugby World Cup, where he was awarded the ultimate honour by being chosen to captain his country in a pool game against the United States of America, becoming the Wallabies 78th Test captain.
Genia has been an integral player and on-field leader for the Reds side since being plucked out of the U19 Queensland Colts competition to make his Super Rugby debut against the Hurricanes back in 2007.
Date of Birth: 17/01/1988
Place of Birth: Papua New Guinea
Senior Club: Sunshine Coast
Queensland Caps: 75
Queensland Points: 80
Queensland Debut: 2006 v Japan
Super Rugby Caps: 74
Super Rugby Points: 80
Super Rugby Debut: 2007 v Hurricanes
Test Caps: 40
Test Debut: 2009 v All Blacks
24 MARCH 2019