Rebels firming in race for Genia
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.