Rugby Union

ACT Brumbies' Nic White 'desperate' to leave Super Rugby on a high

Having potentially played his last game at Canberra Stadium, ACT Brumbies vice-captain Nic White is "extremely desperate" to leave for France with the Super Rugby title in his suitcase.

Brumbies scrumhalf Nic White was devastated to lose what could have been his last ever home game at Canberra Stadium.
Brumbies scrumhalf Nic White was devastated to lose what could have been his last ever home game at Canberra Stadium. Photo: Jay Cronan

He says being "written off" to accomplish an "impossible feat" makes a tough road trip to face the Cape Town Stormers in South Africa in the qualifying final exciting.

White will leave the Brumbies at the end of the season to join French club Montpellier for the next three years.

The Brumbies' 37-24 loss to the Canterbury Crusaders on Saturday meant they finished sixth on the Super Rugby ladder and will play all their finals away from home for as long as they stay alive in the competition.

It also meant the loss was White's last hurrah at Canberra Stadium - unless he returns to the province later in his career.


He said if he returned to Super Rugby it would only be to play for the Brumbies - if they wanted him.

The 25-year-old said it's hit him how close he was to wearing the Brumbies jersey for the last time and there was no greater motivation to leave on a high.

"[I'm] extremely desperate. It's very real, each game could be my last. Go to Cape Town and if we don't get the job done there that's it," White said.

"The scary thing is it could be the last time I put the Brumbies jersey on. The finish is there in sight and if that doesn't give you motivation I don't know what will.

"I think everyone's pumped to go all the way, there's certainly a confidence within the group we can do it."

A large contingent of family and friends travelled down from up near Newcastle to watch the game.

White took the loss hard and admitted it surprised him just how much the game meant to him.

Having the Brumbies' best crowd of the season watching on made it even tougher to take for the energetic scrumhalf.

"I was a little bit emotional, I didn't think I'd think about it too much, but at the end of the game it did hit me that that might be the last time [playing at Canberra Stadium]," White said.

"It was an amazing crowd and I was pretty gutted and disappointed that was the way we left it."

The loss also meant the Brumbies now face a tough road to become champions - travelling to South Africa for the qualifier and then facing top-of-the-table Wellington Hurricanes in New Zealand if they make the semi-final.

They'd then have to win an away final in either Sydney, Dunedin or Hamilton to claim the Super Rugby title.

The Brumbies are rated a $21 long-shot to pull that off, but White liked being the underdog.

"We're professional athletes, we love a challenge, there's none bigger than this so it's exciting," he said.

"To be written off in a way and told it's an impossible feat, that resonates a lot of excitement with a lot of guys.

"It certainly does in me ... makes it all the sweeter if we go over there and get the job done."


Sunday: ACT Brumbies v Cape Town Stormers at Cape Town, 1.05am. TV Time: Live on Fox Sports 2.