JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

Genia, Quade set to re-sign with Reds


Jim Morton

Will Genia of the Reds.

Will Genia of the Reds. Photo: Getty Images

BRISBANE: Wallabies linchpin Will Genia is set to re-sign with the Australian Rugby Union this week and is eying a shock playing return in Queensland's opening home blockbuster against NSW in February.

And his Reds and Wallabies halves partner, Quade Cooper, is expected to continue their highly-successful combination in 2013.

In news which will deeply hearten Australian and Queensland rugby fans, Reds chief executive Jim Carmichael today confidently declared Genia and Cooper would join forces again at Ballymore.

Clouds have hovered over the sidelined duo in the past fortnight as both had failed to re-sign with the ARU despite agreeing to new three-year Queensland deals mid-year.

While Cooper is currently at the centre of a code of conduct investigation following his recent criticism of the Wallabies and the code, Genia's future is set to be finalised in the coming days.

Carmichael said the 41-Test halfback, currently in rehabilitation mode following a knee reconstruction last month, was now looking forward to a big 2013 for Australia and the Reds - four days after Genia admitted he was on the open market.

The news is a major boost for the Wallabies with the British and Irish Lions touring next year.

The pair has been Australia's most potent playmaking duo of the past three years - leading the Reds to the Super Rugby title and Wallabies to the Tri Nations trophy in 2011.

"I don't think there was ever any time where Will didn't want to be in Australia because otherwise he wouldn't have re-signed with the Reds," Carmichael told AAP.

"He's got a little bit of a spring in his one step and he's even champing at the bit about coming back for our first home game against the Waratahs (on February 23).

"If anyone can come back from that injury faster than normal it's Will."

"He tells me he's a little bit ahead of schedule and he's hoping."

Carmichael had little doubt Cooper would also be in Australian rugby despite former Wallabies coach John Connolly calling for the controversial five-eighth to be banned for a year for claims of a toxic culture and criticism of the Wallabies style of play.

The Reds boss said Cooper's desire to continue to play for Australia remained high.

Reports in The Australian newspaper suggest the 38-Test playmaker will be slugged with a fine for his comments which will reduce the size of a new ARU deal.

A code of conduct hearing is expected within the next fortnight after Cooper last week met with ARU integrity officer Phil Thompson.

"I'm very confident that the ARU are dealing with that in a very professional, even-handed and consistent way," Carmichael said.

"I'm certainly very confident he won't be lost to the Reds.

"I can't pre-empt (the code of conduct hearing) but I would be hopeful that it would be dealt with in a way that would allow Quade to represent his country in the future."


Related Coverage

HuffPost Australia

Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 35vs FJI 11 Report Stats
TGA 10vs GEO 17 Report Stats
IRE 50vs CAN 7 Report Stats
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 32vs JPN 34 Report Stats
FRA 32vs ITA 10 Report Stats
SAM 25vs USA 16 Report Stats
WAL 54vs URU 9 Report Stats
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 26vs ARG 16 Report Stats
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 45vs JPN 10 Report Stats
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 28vs FJI 13 Report Stats
FRA 38vs ROM 11 Report Stats
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 58vs NAM 14 Report Stats
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 54vs GEO 9 Report Stats
ITA 23vs CAN 18 Report Stats
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 46vs SAM 6 Report Stats
ENG 25vs WAL 28 Report Stats
AUS 65vs URU 3 Report Stats
SCO 39vs USA 16 Report Stats
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 44vs ROM 10 Report Stats
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 35vs NAM 21 Report Stats
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 23vs FJI 13 Report Stats
FRA 41vs CAN 18 Report Stats
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 43vs GEO 10 Report Stats
SAM 5vs JPN 26 Report Stats
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 34vs SCO 16 Report Stats
ENG 13vs AUS 33 Report Stats
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 45vs TGA 16 Report Stats
IRE 16vs ITA 9 Report Stats
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 15vs ROM 17 Report Stats
FJI 47vs URU 15 Report Stats
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 64vs USA 0 Report Stats
NAM 16vs GEO 17 Stats
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 47vs TGA 9 Report Stats
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 33vs SCO 36 Report Stats
AUS 15vs WAL 6 Report Stats
ENG 60vs URU 3 Stats
ARG 64vs NAM 19 Report Stats
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 32vs ROM 22 Report Stats
FRA 9vs IRE 24 Report Stats
USA 18vs JPN 28 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 23vs WAL 19 Stats
NZL 62vs FRA 13 Report Stats
IRE 20vs ARG 43 Report Stats
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
AUS 35vs SCO 34 Stats
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 18vs NZL 20 Stats
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 15vs AUS 29 Stats
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 24vs ARG 13 Stats
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
NZL 34vs AUS 17 Stats
View All Fixtures
Rugby World Cup 2015
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 4 4 0 0 106 17
Wales 4 3 1 0 49 13
England 4 2 2 0 58 11
Fiji 4 1 3 0 -17 5
Uruguay 4 0 4 0 -196 0
View all
Rugby World Cup 2015
Team P W L D +/- Pts
South Africa 4 3 1 0 120 16
Scotland 4 3 1 0 43 14
Japan 4 3 1 0 -2 12
Samoa 4 1 3 0 -55 6
USA 4 0 4 0 -106 0
View all
Rugby World Cup 2015
Team P W L D +/- Pts
New Zealand 4 4 0 0 125 19
Argentina 4 3 1 0 109 15
Georgia 4 2 2 0 -70 8
Tonga 4 1 3 0 -60 6
Namibia 4 0 4 0 -104 1
View all
Rugby World Cup 2015
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Ireland 4 4 0 0 99 18
France 4 3 1 0 57 14
Italy 4 2 2 0 -14 10
Romania 4 1 3 0 -69 4
Canada 4 0 4 0 -73 2
View all

Follow Us on Facebook

Featured advertisers