Rugby World Cup Will Genia praises Michael Cheika Australia impact

Scrum-half Will Genia says Michael Cheika has made a "big difference" culturally to Australia since taking over a year ago.

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Will Genia has been impressed by the manner in which Michael Cheika has brought "an identity" to being a Wallaby as Australia prepare for Sunday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Scotland.

Cheika has made a big impact since taking over as Australia head coach last October, putting together a side that clinched the Rugby Championship earlier this year and looks capable of winning the World Cup for a third time.

Scrum-half Genia revealed that Cheika has hammered home to the players what it means to represent the Wallabies and the qualities needed to play for their country.

He said: "The one thing I"ve noticed the most is probably just creating an identity that the Wallabies can stand for.

"In the years I've been involved, we haven't really had something where we can say 'this is what it means to be a Wallaby, this is who you have to be as a person to be a Wallaby.'

"His big thing was coming in and trying to create that identity and everybody's had to buy into that. Culturally, it's made a big difference to this group."

Genia is also thriving on playing alongside fly-half Bernard Foley, who has been one of the standout performers in the tournament in England.

"We train so much together, we've had so much time together so you have plenty of time to develop those combinations and understand each other's games," Genia added.

"From a half-back point of view, it's been quite seamless and I've really enjoyed the opportunity to play with Fols."

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