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    Scotland v Australia Spring Tour 2016

    Genia slots back into starters for Scotland


    by Beth Newman
    Will Genia will resume starting halfback duties against Scotland as the Wallabies search for back-to-back Spring Tour wins.


    Wallabies coach Michael Cheika opted to bring Genia back into the run-on side at his first opportunity, with the scrumhalf released by French club Stade Francais.




    Genia’s standout turn in the Rugby Championship earned him the immediate recall from Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, though he praised the contribution of Nick Phipps in the past two Tests.


    “I think Phipps had two really good games, I do, against New Zealand then against Wales. But Genia, I thought he's been one of our best all season,” Cheika said.


    “I just feel that this is a good game for him to play, come back in and get straight into it and then Nick will finish the game.


    “I think Nick's standard has definitely gone up from what I saw earlier in the year and now there's a real competition going on there.”


    Cheika has kept the same backrow as the Wallabies rolled out against Wales, with David Pocock starting at blindside flanker for the second Test in a row, despite Dean Mumm returning from suspension for the clash.


    The move is a major show of faith for number eight Lopeti Timani, who has now started three Tests in a row, after replacing David Pocock in Australia’s Test s against Argentina in London last month.


    Timani played out the full 80 minutes against Wales, after Pocock was forced off with concussion and Cheika said the 26-year-old’s next challenge was stringing matches together.


    “He's continually making me pick him,” he said.


    “That's the issue - his performances have spoken for themselves. He's been consistent and that's all we can ask of the guy.- Michael Cheika
    “He's doing lots of good tight work and also when he needs to carry he's carrying well.


    “So I'd like to let him have an opportunity to run this form out and learn from that. He's only new, only his third or fourth Test.




    “I want him to learn how to back up and play week-to-week in that atmosphere.”


    Cheika said he expected Scotland to target the Wallabies’ tight five, after legend Ian McGeechan’s criticism of the forwards, writing they had ‘regressed’ since the World Cup and lacked physicality.


    A dominant performance from those forwards against Wales wasn’t enough to assuage that criticism, Cheika said.


    “You've got to do things consistently,” he said.


    “I know what I think, but I'm more talking about the perception of others.


    “I'm sure he's [McGeechan] still got a bit of input in there, so I'm sure they'll try and attack us in that area.


    “We're going to have to learn how to win in different ways on this trip. It can't always be like the way it was last week."


    Israel Folau and Phipps are both set to play their 50th Tests at Murrayfield, with Folau having missed just three Tests since his 2013 debut.


    Mumm and Will Skelton, who hasn't played a Test since August, both come on to the pine, along with youngster Tom Robertson, who comes into the team in place of James Slipper.


    All of the Wallabies’ Spring Tour Tests will be broadcast LIVE on beIn Sports and streamed LIVE on Foxtel Go (for Foxtel subscribers).


    WALLABIES


    IN: Will Genia, Dean Mumm, Will Skelton, Tom Robertson,


    OUT: Nick Frisby, Sefa Naivalu, Scott Fardy, James Slipper


    1. Scott Sio (26 Tests)


    2. Stephen Moore (c) (113 Tests)


    3. Sekope Kepu (74 Tests)


    4. Rory Arnold (7 Tests)


    5. Adam Coleman (8 Tests)


    6. David Pocock (62 Tests)


    7. Michael Hooper (62 Tests)


    8. Lopeti Timani (4 Tests)


    9. Will Genia (72 Tests)


    10. Bernard Foley (38 Tests)


    11. Henry Speight (7 Tests)


    12. Reece Hodge (7 Tests)


    13. Tevita Kuridrani (41 Tests)


    14. Dane Haylett-Petty (11 Tests)


    15. Israel Folau (49 Tests)


    Reserves


    16. Tolu Latu (1 Test)


    17. Tom Robertson (4 Tests)


    18. Allan Alaalatoa (6 Tests)


    19. Rob Simmons (67 Tests)


    20. Will Skelton (16 Tests)


    21. Dean Mumm (53 Tests)


    22. Nick Phipps (49 Tests)


    23. Quade Cooper (65 Tests)

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    Shows how highly Phipps is rated.

    Saddest thing is he's the best aus super rugby 9

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    Skelton - Again! ......... sigh.

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    I assume genius release means he'll be singing a familiar team song soon

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    Forecast is for rain and possible snow, not Australian rugbys favourite conditions so im expecting a closer game than against Wales. Foley needs to bring his kicking boots if we are going to win this one. Aussies by 9

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    underground heating normally assures murrayfield keeps in good nick

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    They'll have to turn the heat up pretty high if they don't want the rain to affect the match

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalahard View Post
    Forecast is for rain and possible snow, not Australian rugbys favourite conditions so im expecting a closer game than against Wales. Foley needs to bring his kicking boots if we are going to win this one. Aussies by 9
    Conditions will be great experience for our 2 rookies, Dane and Adam.

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    Playing Simmons, Skelton and Mumm makes me hope they are saving Fardy and Douglas for later in the tour. Is McMahon injured?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeeJay View Post
    Playing Simmons, Skelton and Mumm makes me hope they are saving Fardy and Douglas for later in the tour. Is McMahon injured?
    3 second rowers on the bench??? A bit unusual, fardy hard done by again. Skelton must be training really well otherwise how can he play himself into the team with no form to show of.

    Obviously the plan is to definitely sub Coleman, Arnold and pocock or Timani but leaves us exposed if there is an injury in the backs.
    Would rather McMahon over mumm or Skelton any day

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokendown gunfighter View Post
    underground heating normally assures murrayfield keeps in good nick
    It's still gonna be very cold and very slippery, it is Edinburgh after all.

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    If we have any injuries in the backs he can leave Hooper out there in the Backs( Not put him there as he play's most of his game there) If the track is going to be wet why do they select the heavy players as it is like running in sand and you tire easily.. I am disappointted that Genia keeps knocking out other Halves. I have to agree he is the best at the present time but how do players get test time if we stick with him.. I am not a supporter of Fly in Fly out players..

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    Officials for the game:
    Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
    Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Ian Davies (Wales)
    TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

    http://www.rugby365.com/countries/au...ush-genia-back

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    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sport/a/33173051/rugby-union-slimmed-down-skelton-earns-wallaby-recall/#page1[/URL]

    Skelton lost 10 kilo's to be selected.
    So you don't have to have any form but as long as you can lose weight you get selected for the Wallabies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue View Post
    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sport/a/33173051/rugby-union-slimmed-down-skelton-earns-wallaby-recall/#page1[/URL]

    Skelton lost 10 kilo's to be selected.
    So you don't have to have any form but as long as you can lose weight you get selected for the Wallabies.
    I'll start working on it right away. But could being 63yo pose an issue?

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