Genia relishing return to action

Wallabies scrum-half Will Genia believes he still has a role to play for his country and is determined to make a successful return from injury.

Genia is recovering from knee surgery and last played for his Top 14 club, Stade Français, in January.

Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika has been in touch with the 28-year-old, during his visit to Europe recently, and Genia is working hard to strengthen his knee so that he can make his return at Test level against England in June.

Cheika has said Genia is likely be the only European-based Wallaby to be considered for the series against England due to his lack of game-time in France.

“I’ve had ongoing discussions with Cheik,” Genia told Fox Sports.

“But it all depends on how the rehab goes.

“I mean, if it goes well then I’d love to play for my country – if Cheik wanted to pick me.

“It just depends on the rehab.

“I go for my first run this week and if everything goes well and we can progress to the point that where I feel I’ve done enough work as far as conditioning and speed to be ready to play Test footy, I’d love to.

“Whether or not I’d be ready based on my training time and not having played yet, that’s a call for obviously the coaches to make.

“But I’ve said to Michael on the occasions that we’ve spoken that if I’m fit, I’d love to play.”