Wallaby Genia signs with Rebels
Sydney - Wallabies vice-captain Will Genia will return to
play his club rugby in Australia with Super Rugby's Melbourne Rebels, the
Australian Rugby Union said on Tuesday.
The 78-Test halfback had been playing for the Wallabies
while based overseas with Stade Francais in Paris since 2015.
Genia previously played nine Super Rugby seasons with the
Reds, including winning a title with the club in 2011, but chose to head south to
the Rebels upon his return to Australia.
The veteran said the club, which survived being axed after
the ARU last week decided to cull the Western Force, had a good young team
which he could help develop.
"First and foremost I'm there to contribute to the
desired success of the club on the field through my performance and ability as
a player," Genia said.
"After that, it'll be a great chance to bring some of
the things I've learned over the years to the club and help drive the club
Genia, who will appear for the Wallabies against New Zealand
in this weekend's Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney, will join his Rebels
team-mates early next year.