13 Jul 2010

Genia hopes to be fit to face Springboks in Brisbane

6:30 am on 13 July 2010

The Wallabies halfback Will Genia is confident of playing in Australia's opening Tri-Nations rugby clash with South Africa in Brisbane and says the All Blacks have given his team a blueprint on how to beat the world champion Springboks.

Genia missed Australia's most recent Test against Ireland after suffering a fractured right thumb.

The livewire Queenslander had two pins removed from the thumb on Monday before arriving in Sydney for the first training session of the Wallabies' latest camp.

He says his specialist has told him playing against South Africa on July the 24th is a realistic goal.

Winger Digby Ioane expects to miss the Brisbane game, but hopes to be available for the match against New Zealand at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium the following Saturday.

Both Genia and the Wallabies' coach Robbie Deans were extremely impressed by the All Blacks performance in their 32-12 drubbing of South Africa in the series opener in Auckland last Saturday.

Genia says he felt New Zealand beat South Africa at their own aggressive physical style of play.