Slipper welcomes Genia rugby backflip

Will Genia’s Wallabies and Queensland Reds teammate James Slipper has welcomed talk of the star No.9 backflipping on a deal to play in France.

Fairfax Media reported the 58-Test halfback Genia had recently approached the Australian Rugby Union about reneging on his three-year deal with Stade Francais.

Prop Slipper admitted he didn’t know all of the particulars of Genia’s situation, but said having the halfback remain in Australia could only be a good thing.

“I haven’t really been caught up in the loop,” said Slipper from the Wallabies’ Sunshine Coast camp on Wednesday.

“I think there’s a possibility of it happening, but in saying that, Will’s got to make his own decision. That ball is definitely in his court.

“We’ll see how it plays out, but I guess to keep someone like Will Genia in Australia can only be a good thing.”

It’s believed the attempted backflip has been stalled due to how much it would cost to get out of the contract with the Top 14 powerhouse who paid a release fee to English club Bath for Genia’s services.

Genia pulled out of a pre-contract agreement with Bath after he was set to be one of their major signings for the upcoming season.

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