Wallaby Genia out with wrist injury

Melissa Woods

Wallabies halfback Will Genia has been an early casualty in their Test against Ireland, forced off Melbourne's AAMI Park with a wrist injury.

In a massive blow for the Australians, the veteran headed to the bench after 28 minutes with the medic on the sidelines strapping the joint.

Long-time back-up Nick Phipps replaced him.

Genia has only had one match back - last Saturday's opening-Test win in Brisbane - after missing a month with a knee injury.

The third Test will be played next weekend in Sydney, while the Melbourne Rebels will be desperate to have their halfback available for their June 29 must-win Super Rugby clash with the NSW Waratahs.