Genia : Cheika will be treated as the enemy

Reds halfback Will Genia says that this weekend Wallabies and Waratahs coach Michael Cheika will be treated as the “enemy” in Brisbane.

Cheika led the Waratahs to their first Super Rugby title in 2014 and when Ewen McKenzie stepped down as Wallabies coach Cheika took over of the Wallabies whilst also remaining as Waratahs coach for this season.

Genia is aiming to be called up for the Wallabies Rugby World Cup campaign later this year and he need to get on the right side of Cheika if he wants to add to his 58 Test caps.

However this weekend Genia says that Wallaby selection will not be on their minds and the Waratahs and their coach are being seen as the enemy.

“At this stage of the season you don’t see him as a Wallaby coach,” Genia told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“You go out there and just see a blue jersey, he’s part of what that jersey represents, so in essence he is the enemy.”

Genia played under Cheika on last year’s end of year tour and was full of praise for the new Wallabies coach but with 15 rounds of Super Rugby still to play the Reds halfback is focused on upsetting the Wallabies coach this week.

“He’s the Waratahs coach, he’s gladly taken on both roles and if you’re lucky enough to be selected in the Wallaby group at the end of the year, he’ll be the Wallaby coach,” Genia said.

“But at this stage of the season he’ll happily take (the enemy tag) on the chin. He even said that to us on the spring tour, that we will see him as the enemy.”

This weekend Genia will be up against the Wallabies incumbent halfback Nick Phipps and a good showing against his rival but Genia says he won’t be changing his game.

“He plays the way he plays, I play the way I play, we’re completely different players,” said Genia when asked if he had learnt anything from Phipps’ game.

“I don’t ever want to be like another player. There’s guys that I’ve looked up to as a young kid growing up – guys like Fourie du Preez, George Gregan, those sorts of players, and you take bits and pieces from their game, but I don’t look at Phippsy and think that at all.”

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