Genia: I love seeing England lose
Scrum-half will start on the bench for Wallabies
Last Updated: 11/06/10 2:38pm
Genia: proud Aussie
Australia scrum-half Will Genia is relishing the opportunity on Saturday to do what he enjoys most - beating England.
"As a young kid, with the Ashes and the World Cup, it just becomes a case of you loving to watch England lose in any sport, no matter what it is."
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Genia has recovered from knee ligament damage in time to be named on the bench by the Wallabies for the Cook Cup showdown in Perth.
The 22-year-old was so desperate to be involved against England that he spent all week imploring Australia coach Robbie Deans to throw him straight back into the team.
Deans resisted the immediate temptation - but England will be well aware of the impact Genia could make off the bench after his starring performance at Twickenham in November.
"As a young kid, with the Ashes and the World Cup, it just becomes a case of you loving to watch England lose in any sport, no matter what it is," he said.
"My interest in the Australia-England rivalry comes originally through the Ashes because I was a massive cricket fan. That rivalry was definitely ingrained."
Australia play southern hemisphere rivals New Zealand and South Africa on a regular basis through the Tri-Nations - but asked which team the Wallabies hate to lose to the most, Genia said: "England."
Genia, who was 15 when England beat the Wallabies to win the 2003 World Cup, was surprised that Martin Johnson had opted to retain Toby Flood at fly-half ahead of Jonny Wilkinson.
"I've been watching some of Jonny's recent games with the French club, and he's been performing well. It's like Daniel Carter. When he is playing for the All Blacks, they are a much better team," he said.