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Nigel Genia, younger brother of Australia No 9 Will, is set to make his Reds debut

Last Updated: 04/03/13 8:56am

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The Reds could be set to turn to Nigel Genia in a bid to solve their injury crisis at scrum-half.

Genia, the younger brother of Australia No 9 Will, is in line to start Friday's Super Rugby clash against the Rebels on the bench after Ben Lucas suffered a shoulder injury.

Lucas is set to undergo a scan after he was forced off at half-time of the 18-12 victory against the Hurricanes. And should he be ruled out of action then Nick Frisby would be promoted to the starting XV with Genia proving cover from the bench.

The 21-year-old, who linked up with the franchise five months ago after playing club rugby in Perth, impressed playing for the Reds College in their 24-3 victory over Tonga A.

Reds head coach Ewen McKenzie told AAP: "He volunteered to come in in October for two weeks and he's still here.

"That's a long time he's been here and I think he's improved a lot in that time.

"He's a slightly quieter version than Will but he's got some really good skills.

"It's a credit to him and his persistence."

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