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Reds shock: Genia agrees big-money move to Force


Phil Lutton

Will Genia ... moving to Western Force.

Will Genia ... moving to Western Force. Photo: Getty Images

Queensland Reds star halfback Will Genia has signed with the Western Force and will move to Perth for the 2013 season.

Queensland rugby has confirmed the stunning move after smoke had been building late in the week, culminating in a tweet from former Red Tim Horan tonight that a deal was essentially complete.

Genia will now link with close friend David Pocock, the Wallaby flanker, in a move that will send shockwaves through the Reds after the Force cleaned out their ranks at the end of 2005.

It was revealed during the week that Genia's new management had demanded a figure of $400,000 per season from the Reds, not including any top-up from the ARU. That figure was always going to be a bridge too far for the Super Rugby champions, who are fighting to retain the core of their title-winning roster.

Reports yesterday also said Pocock had been actively courting Genia, who will now walk away from Ewen McKenzie's side to head to the Force. It will be a sweet retort for the Force, who had coach Richard Graham poached by the Reds earlier this month.

The loss of Genia could make it more difficult for the Reds to retain close friend with Quade Cooper, who is also off contract next season.

Reds chief executive Jim Carmichael said the QRU fought for his signature but couldn't prevent his departure.

"I believe Queensland Rugby made the best offer we could to retain Will's services in Queensland, however the opportunity presented to head west was ultimately more appealong," Carmichael said.

"We wish Will all the best next year at the Force and thank him for all he has given to the Reds and Queensland Rugby throughout the last six seasons."

31 comments so far

  • What about Brett Sheehan? Sheehan makes the Force backline work - Genia throws passes to no-one and doesn't have the mongrel in him - another sad indictment on Australian rugby - what ever happened to loyalty????

    The Burbs
    Date and time
    April 28, 2012, 8:33PM
    • Sheehan had already announced that he is leaving.

      Date and time
      April 28, 2012, 10:34PM
  • Genia will have no impact behind a poor forward pack, and the Force should be looking there first.
    The Reds will be fine without him.

    Date and time
    April 28, 2012, 8:56PM
    • Ben,
      The Force have a great pack. It's their back line that's woeful.
      Having a general at 9 will be the best thing for them.
      They've been the unluckiest franchise with their backline - particularly with injuries.
      this year the Reds & Tahs have suffered similar fates losing a raft of key backline players.
      I just hope Force can get a 5/8th next year (as much as I love Jmmy Stannard).

      Date and time
      April 28, 2012, 11:20PM
    • Umm, Ben?
      The Force forward pack is probably the best in Australia.

      Perth via Rakaia
      Date and time
      April 29, 2012, 12:22AM
    • Don't get much coverage in Dubai then?

      Date and time
      April 29, 2012, 5:01AM
    • @ Ben | Dubai
      Dubious you know what 'poor + forward + pack' means in any context, especially in relation to the Force.
      Please try harder next time or forget 'trolling' from such a remote distance.
      As if the Arab states haven't got enough problems at the present!

      inner west sydney
      Date and time
      April 29, 2012, 11:29AM
    • Sorry i struct a raw nerve with the Nathan Sharp groupies.

      Date and time
      April 29, 2012, 1:23PM
  • Wait till Quade signs with the!!

    Date and time
    April 28, 2012, 9:07PM
    • Quade..isn't he that Morris dancer who doesn't like tackling and biffs the ball away when it looks like might get tackled?

      Date and time
      April 28, 2012, 9:28PM

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