SYDNEY – Australia scrum-half Will Genia described the Bledisloe Cup against New Zealand as rugby's “pinnacle” Monday, ranking it even higher than the Rugby World Cup.
The Wallabies have not won the trans-Tasman series since 2002 and Genia is hungry for victory after playing in seven losing Bledisloe campaigns.
“To me, I'd have to say it's the pinnacle,” he told reporters as Michael Cheika's men prepare to face the All Blacks at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on Saturday.
“The World Cup is obviously up there, but how often do you get to play the best team in the world three times and have to win two out of three to win a trophy? I've been trying for a while now so I'm really looking forward to another crack.”
The influential 30-year-old said he relished the chance to prove himself against the back-to-back world champions.
“I haven't won a World Cup so I'm not going to say it's harder,” he said. “But for me it's the number one priority... it would make it incredibly special if we're fortunate enough to do it.”