Quade Cooper & Will Genia Both Set To Leave The Melbourne Rebels
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Wallabies Quade Cooper and Will Genia will both swap Australia for Japan next season after the halfback pair both signed deals with Japanese club Kintetsu Liners.
Both with link up with their new club after the Rugby World Cup later this year. The next Japanese domestic season kicks off in January 2020, delayed because of the World Cup.
The Rebels were believed to be keen to keep both players for 2020, but have been unable to do so. The Liners currently play in the Japanese Challenge League, which is the second domestic Japanese division.
Genia said in the announcement that he is very much looking forward to linking up with his new club.
“I am very much looking forward to joining Kintetsu Liners,” he said.
“I want to play right away as part of a team with a long history and tradition. I am looking forward to meeting Japanese people and getting in touch with Japanese culture.
“My goal is to do my best for the club and to help Kintetsu Liners become the best rugby team in Japan through my own play. It is a great honor to be able to contribute to this team.”
Cooper said he wanted to try and help the team achieve promotion and return to the Japanese Top League once more.
“I am very much looking forward to joining the historic team, Kintetsu Liners,” he said.
I am confident that I can contribute at Kintetsu Liners through my career.
“I will work hard to develop my team and teammates, and I will firmly incorporate them to achieve the goal of returning to the top league, which is the club goal.
“In addition, I will do my best to be able to play an active part with the whole team on the stage of the top league.