Australia v Ireland: Will Genia says hosts will not underestimate Irish

Scrum-half Genia was on the losing side when Australia played Ireland in Auckland in 2011
Scrum-half Genia was on the losing side when Australia played Ireland in Auckland in 2011
First Test: Australia v Ireland
Date: Saturday, 9 June Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Kick-off: 11:00 BST
Coverage: Score updates and match report on BBC Sport website

Scrum-half Will Genia says Australia will not repeat their mistake of taking Ireland lightly when they meet in Saturday's first Test in Brisbane.

Genia played in the 2011 World Cup pool game when Ireland pulled off a shock 15-6 win in Auckland, New Zealand.

"We probably underestimated them," said 30-year-old Genia.

"That was probably disrespectful and they taught us a lesson which was good for us. Coming into this game, we cannot underestimate them at all."

Genia fit again after injury

Genia is expected to start the match at Suncorp Stadium, having recovered from a knee injury sustained while playing for Super Rugby side Melbourne Rebels.

His return for the Rebels was postponed last weekend at the request of Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, but Genia said he was feeling "pretty good".

The scrum-half says Joe Schmidt's Irish side demand respect, given their current standing in the global game.

"They are obviously number two in the world but more than that, just the level of rugby they have been playing," said former Stade Francais player Genia, who has been on the winning side just once in five meetings with Ireland.

"It is all about attrition with them. They are good at retaining possession.

"They have got a pretty good game but more than anything, they really understand their game plan, and execute it really well.

"I don't look at it as a chance to take the scalp of a Six Nations champion, I look at it as a chance to test yourself against a really good team."

Johnny Sexton and Peter O'Mahony sing Ireland's national anthem before this year's Six Nations game against Italy
Johnny Sexton and Peter O'Mahony appear to be the main candidates to captain Ireland given Rory Best's absence

Schmidt has captaincy call

Schmidt has to decide on the Ireland captaincy with regular skipper Rory Best missing the series because of injury.

Johnny Sexton and Peter O'Mahony, who captained the British and Irish Lions in the first Test of last year's series, appear the main candidates for the role although scrum coach Greg Feek said that "any one" of the leadership group could step in.

"We've got a leadership group that is solid and tight," said Feek.

"(In the leadership group) There's CJ (Stander), Peter (O'Mahony), Johnny (Sexton), Bestie (Rory Best), Conor (Murray) and Earlsy (Keith Earls). It's a good experienced group."

Schmidt is scheduled to name his team on Thursday when the captaincy decision will also be revealed.

With Best ruled out, Sean Cronin, Ulster's Rob Herring and Niall Scannell will hope to get the nod at hooker.

Last six meetings
Nov 2016 DublinIreland 27-24Australia
Nov 2014 DublinIreland26-23Australia
Nov 2013 DublinIreland15-32Australia
Sept 2011 AucklandAustralia6-15Ireland
June 2010 BrisbaneAustralia22-15Ireland
Nov 2009 DublinIreland20-20Australia