Genia Dropped

September 12, 2013 by  

Genia Dropped, Coach Ewen McKenzie’s shock decision to drop Genia, widely considered the best half-back in world rugby, is one of two changes to the starting side following Saturday’s 38-12 loss to South Africa.

Ben Alexander returns at starting tighthead, forcing Sekope Kepu to the reserves, while lock Sitaleki Timani and centre Tevita Kuridrani replace Liam Gill and Jesse Mogg on the bench.

Brumbies flanker Ben Mowen will skipper the side in the absence of Genia and injured skipper James Horwill (hamstring), becoming the 80th man to captain the Wallabies.

McKenzie admits it was tough to bench Genia but says White deserves his opportunity after a stand-out campaign for the Brumbies.

“The fact that Will has captained his country shows what high regard we hold him in and, while he is naturally disappointed, I also know how competitive he is and I’ve got no doubts he will train himself to a standstill to bounce back as a better player,” McKenzie said of the 47-Test veteran.

“We’ve spoken about what areas we believe he can continue to improve and evolve his game and he was receptive to going back and addressing those things.

“In the end, it wasn’t an easy decision because he is undoubtedly a world-class player.

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