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Boots fit perfectly for Wallabies' halfback Nic White

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Wallabies team to face Argentina

The Wallabies have a new captain with Ben Mowen to lead the team into action against Argentina on Saturday night after Will Genia was dumped from the starting XV on Wednesday. Photo: Getty Images

Stepping into the boots of arguably the best halfback in world rugby would be a daunting experience for most rugby players. 

But for Brumbies scrumhalf Nic White, it couldn't be a more comfortable fit. 

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie dropped the biggest selection bombshell of his short and winless tenure on Wednesday when he relegated stand-in skipper Will Genia to the bench for Saturday night's Test against Argentina in Perth. 

Stepping up: Nic White.

Stepping up: Nic White. Photo: Getty Images

The move has seen White thrust into the starting side, and the 23-year-old revealed Genia had been giving him more than just wise words in the countdown to his first Test starting role. 

"He's not only offered advice, he's also given me two pairs of boots," White said. 

"He gets given a lot of pairs and had a couple left over. 

"Most of the guys up here have size 13, 14 boots. So it's pretty rare to have two blokes with size 10." 

White was told of his promotion before training on Monday. 

The 173cm speedster was a five-eighth during his early schooldays, and grew up idolising Stephen Larkham - now his Brumbies backline coach. 

But after making the switch to scrumhalf when he was 15, he took a greater interest in another Wallabies and Brumbies great, George Gregan. 

Although Genia was left bitterly disappointed by his relegation, it hasn't affected his relationship with White. 

"We've got a pretty good friendship," White said. 

"The very first session on Monday I went and spoke to him about what he learned from the previous game, and what things I could work on. 

"It was very open." 

White only made his Test debut last month, but has impressed McKenzie during his three appearances off the bench. 

He was on the verge of making his Test debut last year, only for a shoulder reconstruction to rule him out of action. 

AAP

 

7 comments so far

  • Dumb! Dumb!! Dumb!!!
    Call Jake White and ask him to stand by.

    Commenter
    stash
    Location
    Townsville
    Date and time
    September 11, 2013, 4:45PM
    • White shouldn't have any problems with stepping into Genia's boots - certainly Nick Phipps didn't - and he has shown how well he can play as half-back for the Wallabies! Ina situation where the Wallabies seem to be just getting worse with each match under new management why not play guys we know who can actually DO IT!

      Commenter
      Strineranger
      Location
      Vic
      Date and time
      September 11, 2013, 4:48PM
      • Have some faith - great to there is a lot of clear passion out there but also a bit to much winging and blame we're Aussies!! Lets be smart about it and not be sooks or victims!! Go the Wallaby go you GOOD THING!!

        Commenter
        Jas
        Date and time
        September 11, 2013, 5:39PM
        • Lucky for Nick he's playing Scrum Half. It would be daunting indeed to step into the shoes of some legendary 'worlds best' player, but like I said, he's going to play scrum half in the current Australian team, so no issues there. I'll bet he focusses on fast, clean ball from the base of the ruck, a smart mixture of taking the line on, tactical kicking and offloading as the situation allows...you know, the stuff that has been missing for 6 games. The only shoes he has to fill are his own. I'm no Australian fan, but as a Rugby tragic, I hope the lad does well. It must have driven him mad to watch Genia play like he does and not get dropped.

          Commenter
          matt
          Date and time
          September 11, 2013, 6:07PM
          • Not an Australian fan Matt? That makes all the difference - for a while there I was taking your commentary as unbiased and balanced assessments. Hope you aren't too disappointed if White turns out to be human. I'll be watching how he copes with a crumbling scrum and manages himself when the defensive channels are left wide open at line-outs and rucks.

            Commenter
            William Tell
            Location
            Brisbane
            Date and time
            September 11, 2013, 11:35PM
        • Good and brave decision by Ewan. Many have said Genia is our 'only' world class player, although I agree he has been in the past- he has not been recently and it is time to give someone else a go - as well as start blooding a back up player. Hopefully Toomua will also get a good run (not just the last 5 minutes). Not sure about putting Mowen captain as I am not sure he is up to test standard - he may get there - he had a good start, but has been found wanting. It really is a pity Higginbottom is injured because he was a cut above the rest in the No.8. Also concerned about our front row- surprised Sio hasn't been given a go, or call back Robinson. Think the Wallabies might struggle against the Argies- it depends on our forwards respond (once again).

          Commenter
          Barry from Buladelah
          Date and time
          September 11, 2013, 8:20PM
          • Well, that should fix the scrum. Just hope that once or twice in training they get the scrum to pretend to go backwards so White can work out Plan B for scrambling the ball to Cooper. And that will give Cooper a chance to demonstrate how he can compensate for the backward movement, break the line, off-load, back up and then score. You know - general miracle working. Although if he practises that stuff, his detractors will mark him down for lack of spontaneity I suppose.

            Commenter
            William Tell
            Location
            Brisbane
            Date and time
            September 11, 2013, 11:27PM

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