Wallabies Rugby Team

Michael Cheika may call on Will Genia to return from Europe to solve the troublesome halfback spot in the Wallabies’ three-Test series against England.

Cheika has previously stated he wasn’t planning to call back “Giteau’s Law” players for the June series, given most went straight from the World Cup back into long European seasons.

While most affected spots have reasonably obvious alternatives, halfback has looked less clear given two of the five Australian sides have foreign no. 9s.


The Waratahs’ Test halfback Nick Phipps is a straightforward choice, which leaves his opposite tomorrow afternoon — Rebels skipper Nic Stirzaker — and wily Queenslander Nick Frisby as the potential bolters for a back-up spot.

But while Cheika said the “three Nicks” were the men in his sights on a domestic front, he was also considering calling Genia back due to the fact he hadn’t played as much rugby as others Wallabies in Europe.

Genia had surgery on a knee injury and only just returned action for Stade Francais.

“We will see how his injury goes. We are in contact with him all the time. I saw him when I was in France. We will see what happens,” Cheika said.

“Like I have said, the guys who have played full seasons over there, there is not much sense in backing them up. He hasn’t played a big season so he may be available for June. He hasn’t played as much footy.”