Wallabies scrum-half Will Genia, 23, talks about his training and the Rugby World Cup.
You have to make a try-saving tackle. Who would you rather challenge: a man-mountain like Brad Thorn or a lightning-fast sprinter like Bryan Habana?
Habana, as you could cut him low to stop his momentum. A guy my size would just get hammered against someone like Thorn.
What do you consider your most vital role to be for the team?
Controlling the pace of the game. It’s important to know when to have a go and when you should pull back and be conservative.
How often do you train each week?
Twice a day, every day – except for Wednesday.
Pound for pound, you’re one for the strongest players in the Wallabies. What do you find the hardest part of your training?
Definitely cardio during pre-season training. When you’re starting off, it’s really hard to push through that initial pain barrier. You really have to push yourself if you want to build a strong base to work off when the season begins.
When learning the skills of being a scrum-half, who were your idols?
I used to love watching my older brother, Frank, play. Now, I enjoy [All Black] Piri Weepu. He’s great to watch, as he isn’t just someone who passes – and he isn’t afraid to try things.
Other than rugby practice, what does your training consist of?
I run at least 5km by myself twice a week.
What’s your favourite type of cardio workout?
Shuttle runs and anything that involves repeat efforts.
If a gun schoolboy appears on the scene this winter, what advice would you give them?
That you’re going to need to sacrifice a lot if you want to become a professional rugby player. You’re required to give plenty and I would stress the importance of understanding that.
How do you think the Wallabies will fare in this year’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand?
They should do well. The team finished off the season in strong fashion and enjoyed a Tri-Nations campaign better than that of previous years. There’s a good mix of talented players pushing for selection, so that should translate into some positive results.
The All Blacks at the RWC: choke or win?
There’s always a lot of pressure on the All Blacks to perform at the RWC, and that will be magnified with it being played in New Zealand. I expect them to do well, as they’ve been the best team for the past four years, but we’ll have to see.