Monday’s rugby news has Anthony Fainga’a going to Japan, Will Genia backs Nick Frisby, still no Lealiifano for the Wallabies and Wales to expose All Blacks.
Fainga’a to Japan
Reds centre Anthony Fainga’a has announced his will be going to Japan after the Super Rugby season.
Fainga’a will be stranded on 93 caps if he plays all the Reds last matches before joining up with the Kintetsu Liners.
Fainga’a tweeted: “#FTA Excited to be joining #KintetsuLiners in Osaka for their upcoming rugby season.Can’t wait to get over there to start my new adventure”.
Reds winger Chris Feauai-Sautia was also announced as a Kintetsu signing but it is yet to be finalised.
Feauai-Sautia will return to the Reds for the Super Rugby season in 2017.
Genia Backs Frisby
Will Genia has backed Nick Frisby to make his Wallabies debut after praising the skills of the halfback.
“For some strange reason I was thinking of Fris so I texted him on the bus on the way to the World Cup final to make the Reds jersey his own and to be better than I ever was,” Genia said.
“I meant it. He’s a very naturally gifted footballer.
“He was always someone who lacked opportunity to hone those skills under pressure and work on executing them on a consistent basis due to players being in front of him.
“The biggest thing I wanted to impress upon him was to back those skills and instincts he had, to trust his ability to make decisions he felt were right.”
Still No Lealiifano
Christian Lealiifano will remain absent from Wallabies training as he continues to wait for the birth of his child in Canberra.
The Wallabies squad have now moved to Brisbane to begin their final preparations for the opening test match against England this weekend.
It is becoming increasingly unlikely Lealiifano will play in the first test due to a lack of preparation as well as prop Sekope Kepu who only joined the squad Sunday evening.
Karmichael Hunt is also in doubt after sitting out most of the Wallabies training camp in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast last week with a groin injury.
Wales to Expose AB’s
Wales coach Warren Gatland says Wales will look to expose the All Blacks and win their first test match their in 63 years.
“We’ve looked at when the All Blacks have been rusty … and I’ve said to our players to have a look at the Georgia game at the (2015) World Cup,” Gatland said.
“There were a lot of mistakes made and they were obviously ring rusty. They got better as the tournament went along.
“We’ve just got to go out there and make sure we start well and play well and stay in the fight against them.
“We know how dangerous they are, but like every team when you put them under pressure hopefully there is some small hint of vulnerability.”