Genia hails Wallabies’ team environment

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Australia scrum-half Will Genia believes the Wallabies' team environment is the best it's ever been in his international career.

Genia began his Test career in 2009 and has played under the likes of Robbie Deans, Ewen McKenzie and Michael Cheika.

But in all his time as a Wallaby, Genia has not experienced as positive a team dynamic.

Genia was once again at the forefront of a strong Wallabies performance in the 37-20 victory over Argentina in Mendozaas, doing his core duties with aplomb and scoring another impressive try to add to his Rugby Championship tally.

Genia and Kurtley Beale have looked rejuvenated players since making their returns from the international wilderness.

“It’s the best environment I’ve been a part of in the time I’ve been in a Wallaby group, everyone has a buy-in and a say in how we do things,” Genia told Fox Sports.

“Everyone holds each other accountable as far as the standards, it’s a really good group to be a part of.

“The biggest thing I enjoy is that guys want to get better and improve.”

He believes that despite underwhelming results since 2015, there is a greater plan and the players know more what that is.

“We’ve had a little bit more time to develop what we stand for as a team,” Genia said.

“We’ve got something we want to live by as far as what it means to be a Wallaby, as time has gone on we’ve been able to add to it but also hold ourselves accountable to living by it, on and off the field.

“Over time it’s become more organic, as opposed to something that is forced.

“It’s a great think when you have young guys like [Izack] Rodda come in and buy into it straight away, as a senior playing seeing that you feel like it’s very conducive to being open to everybody.”

Next up for Australia is the third Bledisloe Cup match against New Zealand in Brisbane on October 21.

“There’s no secret it’s going to be tough, but we prepare as though we want to win, we prepare as though we want to be the best in the world,” Genia said.

“I’m not afraid of saying it, because why would you do it if you didn’t have those aspirations.

“But we’re not shying away from the fact it’s going to be a very tough challenge.”

The Kiwis finished The Rugby Championship undefeated after a thrilling 25-24 win over South Africa in Cape Town last weekend.

“If you can consistently pressure them throughout the 80 minutes you can score points and also pressure them into errors,” Genia said.

“I think the Springboks played really well and they were pretty unlucky not to get a result, but at the same time you’ve got to give credit, they show a lot of resilience the All Blacks.

“They get points put on them, they score points again, they’re just always consistent in the way they approach the game and each and every moment within a game.

“It’s something we want to do, fight to win every moment, it’s something they do really well.”

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