Wallabies stalwart Will Genia has announced he will retire from Test rugby after this year's World Cup.
The 31-year-old, who has played 100 Tests for the Wallabies since debuting in 2009 against New Zealand, is standing aside to let a new wave of players through for the next World Cup cycle.
Genia is set to play for the Wallabies in their five Tests leading into the World Cup, which begins in September.
Earlier this week it was confirmed Genia and his Melbourne Rebels teammate Quade Cooper would be leaving Australian rugby to ply their trade in Japan for the Kintetsu Liners.
Genia brought up his 100 Test milestone in the Wallabies' final game of 2018 against England at Twickenham and became the tenth Australia to chalk up a century of internationals.
He is Australia's second-highest capped halfback after George Gregan.
"From a team perspective this year, we want to start building momentum leading into the World Cup and obviously that starts during the Rugby Championship," said Genia in a statement. "From a personal perspective, I want to just enjoy it. It seems like just yesterday I walked into Wallabies camp at age 21 and now I'm 31.
BREAKING: #Wallabies scrumhalf Will Genia to retire from international rugby at the end of the #RWC2019.— Qantas Wallabies (@qantaswallabies) July 12, 2019
Farewell the #Wallaby centurion at Suncorp Stadium as we take on Argentina, Saturday 27 July.
"There's a whole bunch of young Australian halfbacks that are very, very good and there's experienced ones too with Nic White back now as well.
"I'm really looking forward to seeing the guys come through next year, especially the two young Queensland Reds boys (Tate McDermott and Moses Sorovi).
"I say it to the Reds boys now but Suncorp Stadium is still my home. That's the most special place I've played footy. If I'm fortunate enough to be playing in the Test match there against Argentina in a couple of weeks, that would be incredibly special and very emotional," Genia said.
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