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Genia playing from new perspective

Will GENIA and Quade Cooper go together like a hand and glove. They just fit.

Time will tell whether they will overcome the more practical skills of Nick Phipps and Bernard Foley in the battle of the Australian half-backs.

The old Queenlsand Reds axis that carries a rare threat, although it has stalled somewhat this season.

The fall from a state of grace has been one-part injury for both.

"I did my discindus mosis. I was for with three months with the surgery," said Genia.

"It was probably made worse because I played four or five weeks on it which made it worse, which lengthened the recovery process. Playing bad games, is playing bad games.

"I'm not going to blame it on injuries," he said.

"When you don't play well, you don't play well. It is all about the individual and the preparation. You get those things right, you play well."

Genia and Cooper were seated side-by-side as France turned up the heat against the Wallabies at Stade de France last Saturday.

"Sitting on the bench with Quade at the weekend, we were saying, potentially we should have done this, should have done that," he said.

They even found time to make an impact in Paris.

"That combination is something I am always very comfortable with," said Genia about Cooper. "Getting back out there, getting familiar with him, not just Super Rugby but we played a lot of test matches together.

"We were definitely comfortable out there."

While the southern hemisphere knowledge of individuals can be sketchy at times, Genia is well founded on what Ireland's Conor Murray brings to the table.

"He's been outstanding in the last two/three seasons. He's world class," he complimented.

"He's got a great pass. He likes to run the ball as well.

"He's a big physical nine and enjoys the physical side of the game. He and Johnny Sexton have formed a very, very good partnership in the 9/10 jerseys."


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