Genia confirmed as Reds vice captain for 2014

Reds and Wallabies scrumhalf Will Genia has returned to fulltime Super Rugby training and has been confirmed as the Reds vice-captain for 2014.

Genia was confirmed as the team’s 2014 vice-captain and James Horwill continuing his role as team captain for the Super Rugby season.

The Super Rugby winning scrumhalf in 2011 said that he was honoured to continue his leadership partnership with Horwill.

“I’ve been informed that I’ll still be vice-captain here and that’s a role and responsibility that I enjoy,” Genia said.

“We’ve got so many great leaders here at the club and that’s a good thing for the direction of this club.”

Genia has been vice-captain for the Reds alongside Horwill since 2010, in a partnership that has seen the team win a Super Rugby title in 2011 and made it to consecutive Super Rugby finals appearances for the last two years.

With just over three weeks until the Reds’ first trial match against the Chiefs in Toowoomba, Genia was pleased to be back at training and working hard toward the team’s goal of another title.

“It’s really good to be back. It’s a place that I love to come back to,” Genia said.

“It’s great to see a bunch of new guys coming in and buying into the culture and environment we’re trying to create here.

“Our goal is to win another Super Rugby title. We enjoy having that expectation of success and we put that expectation on ourselves.”

Genia said the Reds’ trial against the Chiefs in Toowoomba and then their return to Ballymore Stadium to take on the Melbourne Rebels provided two great opportunities for players and fans alike.

“I’m really looking forward to playing in Toowoomba,” Genia said.

“I didn’t get to play there last year, but I went and helped out and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. It’s really nice to get up there, see them, sign a few autographs and showcase the style of footy we play.

“Ballymore is really special, it’s the spiritual home of Queensland Rugby. It’s where I came as a young kid to watch the Reds first play. I’m fortunate to have played in a game here in 2010 and it was an incredible atmosphere.

“You see people come out here to support us because of the history and tradition, so that opportunity in itself will be something very special.”

Genia also thanked the Reds members for their ongoing support, as the club pushes for another milestone in 2014.

“We’re very fortunate that we have such great support,” he said.

“We’re pushing for 50,000 members this season, which will be an incredible achievement. Thank you to everyone that has signed up so far, it means a lot to the group.”

The Reds play the Chiefs in Toowoomba on Saturday 8 February, which will be followed by a fan day at Ballymore Stadium on Sunday 9 February.

They will then face the Rebels at Ballymore on Friday 14 February.

The Reds’ regular season starts February 22, with clashes on the road to the Brumbies and the Waratahs, before their first match at Suncorp Stadium against the Cheetahs on Friday the 7th of March.

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