Genia backs Cooper for Wallabies

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    In a not-so-subtle hint to Robbie Deans, Wallabies halfback Will Genia says he never feels more comfortable than when Quade Cooper is at five-eighth.

    As the Wallabies coach sifts through his No.10 options ahead of the British and Irish Lions series, Genia pushed his Queensland Reds teammate Cooper’s cause ahead of Friday night’s Super Rugby clash with the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium.

    Cooper faces stiff opposition with the likes of Matt Toomua, Christian Lealiifano, James O’Connor and Kurtley Beale also vying for the chance to partner Genia in the Wallabies halves.

    While Genia admitted he was frustrated by the Reds’ “stuttering” attack, he all but endorsed Cooper as his right hand man for the Lions series which starts on their home ground Suncorp Stadium on June 22.

    “I love playing with Quade. I don’t feel as comfortable as I do with him,” Genia said on Tuesday.

    “We’ve got a long relationship. We’ve played together for a long time – I really enjoy that combination.

    “More than anything it is a trust thing. In whatever decision each makes we back and support each other.”

    Cooper – who was fined last year for his “toxic” comments about the Wallabies camp under Deans – was at his diplomatic best when asked about Wallabies selection on Tuesday.

    “It all depends on what the coach and the selectors are looking for,” he said.

    “Personally I am doing my best to work with Will, get the best out of each other and the Reds – I am not looking further than that.”

    Australia are due to name their squad on May 19 before the Lions begin their 10-match tour against the Barbarians in Hong Kong on June 1.

    Genia was keen to remind selectors just what the Reds halves could do together before then.

    Queensland may have the table-topping Brumbies in their sights – trailing by two points – but Genia was still a frustrated man.

    “Our attack is stuttering a bit and we haven’t scored as many tries as we would have liked,” he said.

    “We have had mountains of possession and we are not able to convert them into points – that’s a big focus for us this week.

    “We need to vary the way we play. At the moment we are doing the same thing over and over again – it’s not like us.

    “We have a lot of strings to our bow.

    “It’s about bringing them all out in a particular game.”

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    • May 8th 2013 @ 8:06am
      WQ said | May 8th 2013 @ 8:06am | ! Report

      I am not a Cooper fan however concede that he creates the best halves combination with Cooper that Australia have available. Genia is a certainty so I suppose it makes sense that Cooper partners him?

    • May 8th 2013 @ 8:20am
      Fin said | May 8th 2013 @ 8:20am | ! Report

      Does Will have no desire to captain the Wallabies? He makes some poor decisions when it comes to talking to the media.

      • May 8th 2013 @ 10:49am
        nickoldschool said | May 8th 2013 @ 10:49am | ! Report

        That’s what I initially thought.

        Then I thought well maybe RD is not as anti-QC as the media portray and Cooper might still be a real chance for the Lions, hence Genia’s line?

        • Roar Guru

          May 8th 2013 @ 12:56pm
          JDP said | May 8th 2013 @ 12:56pm | ! Report

          I think Robbie Deans was very diplomatic in dealing with QC’s comments last year.

    • May 8th 2013 @ 8:26am
      cm said | May 8th 2013 @ 8:26am | ! Report

      He’s said this before. Maybe he’d like to select the rest of the team, too.

      • May 8th 2013 @ 8:38am
        Red Kev said | May 8th 2013 @ 8:38am | ! Report

        They ask about Cooper he answers – at least he always says the same thing.

        • May 8th 2013 @ 11:26pm
          GWS said | May 8th 2013 @ 11:26pm | ! Report

          And it’s not gibberish.

      • May 8th 2013 @ 10:24am
        Justin2 said | May 8th 2013 @ 10:24am | ! Report

        I’d prefer that to the current arrangement….

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        May 8th 2013 @ 11:12am
        Cattledog said | May 8th 2013 @ 11:12am | ! Report

        Do a better job than Deans…

    • May 8th 2013 @ 8:52am
      Shungmao said | May 8th 2013 @ 8:52am | ! Report

      I think this article is trying to make something out of nothing, if you watch the interview live Genia was asked a question about playing with Cooper and he answered. At no stage did he push any claims or say Cooper should pay lions.

      • May 8th 2013 @ 8:56am
        Shungmao said | May 8th 2013 @ 8:56am | ! Report

        Sorry auto correct ” play against the lions”

    • Roar Guru

      May 8th 2013 @ 9:55am
      Jiggles said | May 8th 2013 @ 9:55am | ! Report

      The only chance of Cooper playing the Lions is if the Wallabies get absolutely smashed in game 1 and Deans expects a miracle like he did last year in Bledisloe 2.

      • May 8th 2013 @ 10:36am
        Sage said | May 8th 2013 @ 10:36am | ! Report

        I just can’t see Robbie not pairing him with Genia in a first test at Lang Park regardless of toxicity etc etc. Stranger things have happened I suppose but I can’t see it. Maybe he’ll start O’Connor, which would be a mistake in my opinion, and then slot Quade in off the bench.

        • Roar Guru

          May 8th 2013 @ 11:17am
          Jiggles said | May 8th 2013 @ 11:17am | ! Report

          I wan’t Cooper in, but I just don’t see it.

      • Roar Guru

        May 8th 2013 @ 12:57pm
        JDP said | May 8th 2013 @ 12:57pm | ! Report

        Or against the Irish, or in the SF against the ABs….

        • May 8th 2013 @ 1:01pm
          Justin2 said | May 8th 2013 @ 1:01pm | ! Report


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          May 8th 2013 @ 2:42pm
          Jiggles said | May 8th 2013 @ 2:42pm | ! Report

          What are you going on about?

    • May 8th 2013 @ 10:38am
      Chris said | May 8th 2013 @ 10:38am | ! Report

      Big surprise there.

      Wonder how Quade feels knowing that 95% of the reason he is a good flyhalf is that he has Genia inside him.

      • May 8th 2013 @ 11:02am
        Sage said | May 8th 2013 @ 11:02am | ! Report

        Que`? Who said that. I didn’t, can’t see any other posts here saying it and Genia didn’t say it. Somehow you “know” that he “knows” this. Interesting.

      • May 8th 2013 @ 12:06pm
        Justin2 said | May 8th 2013 @ 12:06pm | ! Report

        I agree, I love how Genia throws the cut out passes for Quade, plays flat on the defence for Quade, kicks for Quade, counter attacks for Quade and runs for Quade. I dont think you even need a 10 with Genia there…

        • May 8th 2013 @ 10:21pm
          stillmatic1 said | May 8th 2013 @ 10:21pm | ! Report

          gee come on justin2. it has often been sighted and said that genia is the lighter for the fuse that is cooper and the performances where they play together are vastly different to what happens when cooper is alone. cooper like any flyhalf isnt much chop if the halfback is useless.

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