Genia back to haunt England
June 17, 2010
Will Genia is back after giving England a nightmare at Twickenham in November © Getty Images
Matt Giteau and Will Genia will both start for Australia in Saturday's second Test against England. Wallabies head coach Robbie Deans has decided to restore Genia at scrum-half, despite Luke Burgess' stand-out performance in Australia's 27-17 first-Test victory.
Genia has overcome a knee ligament strain while Giteau is back at inside centre in place of Berrick Barnes after recovering from a hip problem which forced him to miss last weekend's game. And England will be on red alert. Genia was named man of the match following his try-scoring performance in Australia's 18-9 victory at Twickenham in November.
Giteau is to resume the kicking duties from James O'Connor and in Australia's last two games at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney he has been their sole points-scorer. Deans has left Australia's tight five unchanged, keeping faith with the inexperienced front row that were on the receiving end of a hammering from the England pack in Perth last weekend.
The Wallabies had hoped to recall Tatafu Polota-Nau but the hooker aggravated an ankle problem while playing for the Australian Barbarians against England on Tuesday and he will now undergo surgery.
Queensland prop James Slipper will once again cover both tighthead and loosehead prop off the bench, where he is joined by Adam Ashley-Cooper after the versatile back shook off an ankle injury.
Australia: J O'Connor (Western Force); D Mitchell (NSW Waratahs), R Horne (NSW Waratahs), M Giteau (ACT Brumbies), D Ioane (Queensland Reds); Q Cooper (Queensland Reds), W Genia (Queensland Reds); B Daley (Queensland Reds), S Faingaa (Queensland Reds), S Ma'afu (ACT Brumbies), D Mumm (NSW Waratahs), N Sharpe (Western Force), R Elsom (ACT Brumbies, captain), D Pocock (Western Force), R Brown (Western Force).
Replacements: H Edmonds (ACT Brumbies), J Slipper (Queensland Reds), M Chisholm (ACT Brumbies), M Hodgson (Western Force), L Burgess (NSW Waratahs), B Barnes (NSW Waratahs), A Ashley-Cooper (ACT Brumbies).
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