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Genia's brother to join Western Force

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Jim Morton

They might have seen Wallabies star Will Genia slip through their clutches but the Western Force are in prime position to have another Genia in their Super Rugby squad next year.

Genia's younger brother Nigel has moved from Brisbane to Perth and is eying a place in the Force's 2013 roster after impressing in local club rugby.

A rising halfback for Wests in Queensland's premier grade this season, the 20-year-old has defected to Associates in the West Australian competition.

He starred at five-eighth on the weekend as Associates thrashed Kalamunda 37-5.

The Force believed they had lured Wallabies halfback Will to Perth earlier this year with a $600,000 a season deal before he produced a backflip to stay with the Queensland Reds for closer to $400,000.

The 13th-placed Super Rugby franchise still have openings at both halfback and five-eighth for next season and are looking for an experienced playmaker.

Seasoned halves Brett Sheehan and James Stannard come off contract this year and have yet to be offered new deals, while young No.9 Justin Turner remains on their books and utility back Dave Harvey has been re-signed.

Among a talented Papua New Guinea-raised family, Genia's older brother Frank was also a schoolboy star at Brisbane Boys' College but injury curtailed his career.

AAP

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