Rugby Championship: Struggling Australia drop star man Will Genia
Last Updated: 11/09/13 12:09pm
Will Genia: Loses out to Brumbies' Nic White
Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has dropped star scrum-half Will Genia for Saturday's Rugby Championship game against Argentina.
Genia, who was expected to captain the side the absence of James Horwill, loses his place in the wake of last weekend's hammering by South Africa which made it three straight defeats in the competition.
ACT Brumbies' Nic White comes in at No 9, while the captaincy goes to Ben Mowen, who won his Test debut less than three months ago.
McKenzie said: "The fact that Will has captained his country shows what high regard we hold him in.
"While he is naturally disappointed, I also know how competitive he is and I've got no doubts he will train himself to a standstill to bounce back as a better player.
"We've spoken about what areas we believe he can continue to improve and evolve his game and he was receptive to going back and addressing those things.
"In the end, it wasn't an easy decision because he is undoubtedly a world class player. However, we also feel Nic has earned an opportunity to start and will add his own uniqueness and point of difference to how we want to play this game."
McKenzie has named prop Ben Alexander in the pack in place of Sekope Kepu, while there are places on the bench for Sitaleki Timani and Tevita Kuridrani.
Australia: Folau, O'Connor, Ashley-Cooper, Leali'ifano, Cummins, Cooper, White, Mowen (c), Hooper, Fardy, Douglas, Simmons, Alexander, Moore, Slipper.
Replacements: Fainga'a, Sio, Kepu, Timani, McCalman, Genia, Toomua, Kuridrani.
Watch Australia take on Argentina: Sat, 11am, Sky Sports 3 HD