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Genia man of the match against England


Head Will Genia continued his amazing rise through Australian rugby with a man of the match performance for the Wallabies in their 18-9 win over England at Twickenham last night.

The British media hailed the PNG-born half back as the new George Gregan, and described him as a real find for the Wallabies.

Some commentators said the 21-year-old Genia, in only his fourth Test start, provided the vital spark that allowed Australia to eventually grind England into submission.

London Telegraph rugby writer said Genia was “quick and decisive” and rated his performance an outstanding nine out of 10.

Genia provided fast and accurate service to the Wallaby backline, dummied his way from close range to score his first try in international competition, and kicked for touch with great accuracy. He also demonstrated his toughness in tackling the big English forwards.

The win over England has given the Wallabies an encouraging start to their grand slam attempt in the British Isles.

They play Ireland next weekend followed by games against Scotland and Wales.


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Mari Ellingson

Didn't get to see the game in person but listened to it on the radio. On Saturday night I was at the Tonga National Day celebrations in north west London when an announcement was made during the entertainment segment that the Wallabies beat England.

The crowd cheered and a few of us PNGns in the room cheered and our smiles were so broad you can sail a canoe in our mouths.

Will Genia made us really proud! Well done.

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