Rebels firm­ing in race for Ge­nia

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JAMIE PANDARAM

THE Mel­bourne Rebels have emerged as shock fron­trun­ners to se­cure the sig­na­ture of star Wal­la­bies’ half­back Will Ge­nia, who con­firmed yes­ter­day that his new Su­per Rugby deal will be an­nounced im­mi­nently.

Ge­nia, who re­vealed he’d signed a deal with the ARU last Novem­ber, was to have sorted out his Su­per club eight months ago af­ter de­cid­ing to re­turn from French rugby, but nei­ther the Queens­land Reds nor any other Australian fran­chise could af­ford to go halves on a deal be­lieved to be worth up to $ 800,000 a year.

Un­der the ARU’s tri- party con­tract ar­range­ments, the na­tional body and Su­per fran­chise must go halves in all deals.

With the Reds hav­ing Nick Frisby, James Tut­tle and Moses Sorovi al­ready signed, it ap­pears the Rebels will sneak un­der the radar to win Ge­nia’s ser­vices.

Ge­nia, wife Vanessa and daugh­ter Olivia lived in Paris since his move in 2015, but are keen to re­turn home to be closer to fam­ily in Aus­tralia.

“It’s pretty much fi­nalised, I’ve just got to nut out the last lit­tle bits of the de­tail. It should be an­nounced soon,” Ge­nia said, adding that he couldn’t be sure if it was Mel­bourne or Queens­land he’d be join­ing. “I don’t know where it is. “I’m back. I signed a con­tract with Australian rugby in Novem­ber last year, that was al­ways go­ing to hap­pen, and my re­lease ( from Stade Fran­cais and Bath) was done a month be­fore the June Tests.”

Ge­nia now wants to add to the Su­per Rugby ti­tle he won with Queens­land in 2011.

Wal­la­bies scrumhalf Will Ge­nia.

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