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'To Play Against The Irish Is Special Because I've Got My Irish Citizenship'

'To Play Against The Irish Is Special Because I've Got My Irish Citizenship'
By PJ Browne Updated

Australia will be without the hugely experienced Will Genia for this weekend's test series decider against Ireland in Sydney on Saturday.

The 90-cap scrum-half suffered a broken arm during defeat to Ireland in Melbourne at the weekend. The circumstances in which it happened - a bump with Cian Healy - annoyed Australia coach Michael Cheika.

Genia's loss will likely to be the gain of Joe Powell. The 24-year-old is expected to take a place on the bench with Nick Phipps starting the game in Genia's stead.

It will be an extra special game for Powell as his grandparents are Irish.

"For me to play against the Irish is special because my grandparents were Irish so I've got my Irish citizenship as well," the three-cap Powell told Rugby.com.au.

We have relatives over there, I've met them, got a couple of cousins in Ireland.

If I do get the opportunity to play, it will be the biggest game I've played in, a big decider, so it's exciting.

The Brumbies player said that he has picked up a few notes from Genia during his time in camp. Mainly, it's been how the 30-year-old communicates with his teammates. He's also been keeping an eye on Conor Murray.

"I love watching Conor Murray play - he's obviously a great halfback and his service and his control of the game is something I could probably learn from as well."

See Also: Ireland Expect To Make Changes For Series Decider Against Australia

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