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Published: 12:42 | 16/7/19

Genia to retire after World Cup


Legendary Wallabies scrumhalf Will Genia has announced that he will retire from international rugby after the World Cup.

The 31-year-old, who made his test debut back in 2009 and has over 100 caps to his name, will continue playing club rugby with Japanese outfit Kintetsu Liners announcing that he will line out for them next season.

Making the announcement ahead of his third appearance at a RWC tournament, Papua New Guinea-born Genia said he felt the time was right to step aside as the Wallabies are in good hands with a number of talented youngsters such as Joe Powell, Tate McDermott and Moses Sorovi coming through and Nic White set to return from Europe.

"When I had to make the decision, I felt the time was right for me," he said.

"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.

"From a personal perspective, I want to just enjoy it. It seems like just yesterday I walked into Wallabies camp at aged 21 and now I'm 31.

"I feel like I'm leaving at the right time because there's a whole bunch of young players who are coming through who are very, very good and some experienced ones as well with Nic (White) and Joey (Powell) who's had a couple of tests as well.

"I think there's some very, very talented guys coming through and guys who are willing to work hard and have those ambitions."

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