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Quiet build-up without Genia

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IT has been quiet without stand-in captain Will Genia in the Wallabies camp on the Gold Coast this week.

Well, it has been for reserve hooker Saia Fainga'a.

Genia underwent reconstructive surgery in Brisbane on Wednesday on the anterior cruciate ligament in the right knee he injured during last Saturday night's 26-19 win over the Springboks in Perth.

The halfback will be out of action for six months.

Queensland Reds teammate Fainga'a said it had certainly not been the same without him.

"I am personally enjoying the peace and quiet without him," Fainga'a said with a laugh.

"I always seem to cop it from him for one thing or another. I never seem to have a quiet moment when he's around.

"That's why it is so strange this week. But seriously, there is no question at all that losing Will for so long is a huge blow."

The hard-tackling Fainga'a will start from the bench in the Rugby Championship clash against Argentina on the Gold Coast tomorrow.

It will be Los Pumas' first appearance in Australia since the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

Captain Nathan Sharpe is the only Wallaby survivor from that occasion.

Fainga'a said the Wallabies were not taking the Argentines lightly.

"They (Argentina) may not have won a game yet in this tournament, but they have certainly given the Springboks and All Blacks plenty to think about (they drew 16-all against the Springboks in round two before making the All Blacks work hard to beat them 21-5 in Wellington last week)," he said.

"They play an unorthodox way and they are very uncompromising.

"There is no doubt that we will know that we've been in a game come the end of the 80 minutes.

"It's going to be a challenge, for sure."

Topics:  rugby championship, wallabies, will genia




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