Rugby Union


Brumby counts minutes until Wallabies debut

Nic White has been waiting 160 minutes for his first Wallabies cap, but if he does get the call-up he wants it to be because he's earned it.

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans picked White as Will Genia's understudy for the first two Tests against Wales, but the ACT Brumbies scrumhalf sat on the bench for the enitre time in both of Australia's victories.

White is hoping he'll get an opportunity to play during Saturday's dead-rubber in Sydney.

''Fortunately the series is locked up now so that might give a little bit of leeway to get on the field, but I don't hope that I get my cap coming from an injury or a cramp,'' White said yesterday.

''It's always something that I wanted to earn and I'd like to think I've earned my spot on the bench and if Robbie was to give me the nod I'd like to think that I've earned that - it would be a case of bringing me on to have an impact on the game more so than just to be there as a cover.''

White had ringside seats for a couple of Genia master classes and said he'd picked up a few things from the Queensland Reds scrumhalf to add them to his own box of tricks.


The 22-year-old Brumby said the Australian camp held during the Super Rugby break had been a ''win-win''.

Not only did he get to train with Australia's best, but he's also had time to recuperate ahead of the Brumbies' push for a finals berth.

''I think I was at a point there in the Super Rugby season where it was a win-win for me,'' White said.

''If I wasn't part of the Wallabies it was probably a break I needed and to be a part of the Wallabies is a dream come true.

''So it was a win-win for me, fortunately it's been both. I've had time to recharge the batteries and that rest that I needed I've had.

''So I think it will be a case of I can't wait to get back out there and certainly sitting on the bench for two weeks in a row and not getting on has really ignited that hunger within to get back on the field and play well.''