Will Genia believes Owen Farrell will lead an England barrage against Australia

‘He is pretty aggressive… he’s a world-class player’: Will Genia believes Owen Farrell will lead an England barrage against Australia at Twickenham

  • Australia have lost all five matches against England since Eddie Jones took over
  • Australia scrum-half Will Genia thinks Owen Farrell is England’s hit-man
  • The 30-year-old has described England star Farrell as a ‘world-class player’ 
  • England go up against the Wallabies on Saturday afternoon at Twickenham

Will Kelleher For Mailonline

Australia are primed to face an England barrage at Twickenham on Saturday led by an ‘aggressive’ Owen Farrell.

The Wallabies have lost all five matches against Eddie Jones’ men since their countryman took charge of England.

And Will Genia, the 30-year-old scrum-half who has played six times against England and is set to win his 100th cap on Saturday, thinks Farrell is the hosts’ hit-man.

Will Genia has been singing the praises of Owen Farrell ahead of Australia's clash with England

Will Genia has been singing the praises of Owen Farrell ahead of Australia’s clash with England

The 30-year-old has described Farrell (left) as 'pretty aggressive' and a 'world class player'

The 30-year-old has described Farrell (left) as ‘pretty aggressive’ and a ‘world class player’

‘He’s pretty aggressive,’ said the Australian.

‘He’s in your face and likes getting stuck in. He’s very physical as well – he can put a shot in. But he also manages the game really well.

‘He’s a world class player and that’s what you expect from someone like him… I heard he had a big impact coming off the bench against Japan.

‘The key for him and for England is getting involved as much as he can. It always a massive occasion playing England at Twickenham.

Genia and his Australia team-mates take on England at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon

Genia and his Australia team-mates take on England at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon

Farrell applauds the Twickenham crowd after England's win over Japan on Saturday

Farrell applauds the Twickenham crowd after England’s win over Japan on Saturday

‘For me it’s up there with playing against the All Blacks – England at Twickenham.’ The Wallabies have been nicknamed the Wobblies back in Australia having lost eight of their 12 Tests in 2018. 

But Genia reckons the Aussies are closer than ever. ‘I love this team,’ he added.

‘It is like a family. It is the most I have ever felt a part of a team. Whether it is because we are staying tight because things aren’t going well, or whatever I don’t know but there is so much belief and faith in what we are trying to achieve.

‘I am a believer. I will be a believer until I’m not here. Then I will still be a believer, probably.’ 

David Pocock is a big doubt for the Test. The back-rower is nursing a neck injury having come off in the 50th minute against Italy – his absence would be a massive boost to England.

Scrum-half Genia believes Australia are closer than ever before: 'It is like a family'

Scrum-half Genia believes Australia are closer than ever before: ‘It is like a family’


Comments 0

Share what you think

No comments have so far been submitted. Why not be the first to send us your thoughts,
or debate this issue live on our message boards.

Close

 

Close

We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.

You can choose on each post whether you would like it to be posted to Facebook. Your details from Facebook will be used to provide you with tailored content, marketing and ads in line with our Privacy Policy.

الموقع يستعمل RSS Poster بدعم القاهرة اليوم