Will Genia Ditching Reds For France

Queensland veteran leaving Reds for European deal.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Will Genia will become the latest Wallabies player to take his talents overseas after agreeing to a multi-year deal with a French club following this year’s Rugby World Cup.

According to the AAP, the Wallabies halfback has reportedly signed a three-year contract with Paris-based club Stade Français, joining fellow Wallabies James Horwill (Harlequins), Adam Ashley-Cooper (Bordeaux-Begles), Scott Higginbotham (Japan), Sekope Kepu (Bordeaux-Begles) and Nic White (Montpellier) to have already announced end of season European moves.

Reports out of France suggest the deal is as good as done, however a Queensland Rugby Union representative claimed a decision has yet to be finalised.

“Will and Queensland Rugby CEO Jim Carmichael have a very strong personal relationship and have been in discussion for 12 months on Will’s future post Rugby World Cup,” QRU said in a statement.

“When these discussions are finalised there will be a formal announcement on this.”

The 58-Test veteran was said to be nearing a deal with English club Bath until salary cap restrictions nixed a potential contract.  

Genia will join fellow Aussies Digby Ioane, Richard Kingi, Hugh Pyle and former Wallabies number 8 David Lyons at Stade Français.

The 27-year-old last week welcomed his first child, a baby girl, and has previously spoken of his desire to travel less.

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