Tevita Kuridrani. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
The John I Dent Cup preliminary final will miss out on a ''promoter's dream'' with Wallabies Nic White and Tevita Kuridrani ordered to rest instead of playing for the Queanbeyan Whites on Saturday.
The Test duo is back in Canberra training while the Wallabies break camp to recuperate following defeats in their first two matches against New Zealand. Some Wallabies are likely to be released to play club rugby in Sydney and Brisbane.
But following the ACT Brumbies' hectic schedule to end their Super Rugby campaign and a brutal entry to the Test arena, White and Kuridrani have been asked to give their bodies a break.
Nic White of the Brumbies. Photo: Getty images
White and Kuridrani could have bolstered Queanbeyan's line-up for the preliminary final against Royals at Viking Park this weekend.
The match will already feature Brumbies Robbie Coleman, Siliva Siliva and Leon Power.
White contacted Queanbeyan coach Adam Fahey earlier this week and was initially keen to play.
But with his body battered from eight months of non-stop playing and training, it was decided to give the halfback a chance to refresh before the Rugby Championship resumes in Brisbane next week.
''I wanted to play, but we were told it was probably best to give our bodies a rest and we didn't get any time off after the season,'' White said.
''The week off will be beneficial but I was really keen to help Queanbeyan as well.''
The Brumbies had a hectic finish to their Super Rugby season, travelling more than 35,000 kilometres in four weeks on their way to the grand final. They lost the final to the Waikato Chiefs earlier this month and when they returned to Canberra they had three hours to pack their bags before flying to Sydney to join the Wallabies in camp.
White and Kuridrani made their Test debuts against the All Blacks in Sydney three weeks ago.
They're part of a nine-strong Brumbies contingent who have played in the first two Tests of the Rugby Championships.
Brumbies coach Jake White allocates Super Rugby players to each John I Dent Cup team to boost the Canberra competition.
Matt Toomua is the only Wallabies representative allocated to Royals, but his starting role with the Test team ruled him out of premier division action.
White and Kuridrani have been injected onto the field for the Wallabies in the second halves of both matches and have seen limited game time.
Fahey said their inclusion for the Whites would have been great for the game. ''It would be great if you had three Wallabies, including Matt Toomua, this weekend. It would be a promoter's dream,'' he said. ''Three years ago we hardly had any Brumbies in the competition now we're talking three Wallabies and three Brumbies … that would be unique.
''But we'll accept whatever decision is made. To throw them in without having trained with the team it can all come undone pretty quickly, but in saying that you'd accept them any time.''
- John I Dent Cup preliminary final: Royals v Queanbeyan Whites at Viking Park, Saturday, 3.15pm.