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Genia concern for Wallabies
May 17, 2010
The Reds' Will Genia is shackled by the Bulls defence, Reds v Bulls, Super 14, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia, April 17, 2010
Australia scrum-half Will Genia has been playing through the pain barrier for the Reds this term © Getty Images

  • Australia could be without first-choice scrum-half Will Genia for next month's Test against Fiji in Canberra.

    The Queensland Reds ace suffered a medial ligament strain in Saturday's Super 14 win over the Highlanders but played on nonetheless and is now facing three weeks out of action.

    "I'm the captain and it was the last game of the season and that's why I stayed out there,'' Genia said. "It's not as though I had reservations about playing for Australia - it was all about finishing the season.

    "It was a painful injury and the strapping didn't really do too much. Physically, I'll be right (for the June 5 meeting with Fiji). I'm disappointed (about the injury) but I'm very happy that it's not too long."

  • New Zealand captain Richie McCaw is on his way to South Africa with the rest of his Crusaders team-mates after resolving his passport problem.

    The openside flanker discovered last week that his passport had been destroyed after going through the washing machine and immediately applied for an emergency replacement. Fortunately for McCaw, his new document arrived in time for him to travel to South Africa for Saturday's Super 14 semi-final showdown with the Bulls in Soweto.

  • Colin Cooper has revealed has not given up on one day being asked to coach the All Blacks. Friday's defeat by the Waratahs signaled the end of Cooper's reign at the helm of the Hurricanes and he is now set to link up with the side he lined out for during his playing days, Taranaki. After that, though, Cooper would like to take on another high-profile job, namely that of leading his country.

    "My goal has always been the All Blacks and that's why I coach, that's what drives me," he said, speaking to "It's quite a lonely job. It's a tough job and this particular rugby [Super 14] is very draining and tiring on you. What kept me going was my family and my drive to be involved with the All Blacks. If you haven't got that drive then maybe you probably won't survive."

  • Ally Hogg has been included in the Scotland squad for the final two legs of the IRB Sevens World Series, in London and Edinburgh. Hogg, who has been capped 48 times by the senior team, has been joined in the panel by Edinburgh team-mates Roddy Grant, John Houston, Greig Laidlaw, Mark Robertson and Andrew Turnbull.

    Scotland Sevens squad: Scott Forrest (captain), Mike Adamson, Alex Blair (Edinburgh Accies), Chris Fusaro (Heriot's), Roddy Grant (Edinburgh), Ally Hogg (Edinburgh), John Houston (Edinburgh), Lee Jones (Selkirk), Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh), Mark Robertson (Edinburgh), Colin Shaw, Andrew Turnbull (Edinburgh).


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