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White hot on need for team values

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Jon Tuxworth

Brumbies coach Jake White.

Brumbies coach Jake White.

Brumbies coach Jake White is adamant that no player ''deserves to get any free rides'' as the Quade Cooper saga continues to simmer.

But he said the sport needs to do everything in its power to ensure more stars such as Cooper and Sonny Bill Williams don't change codes - as long as it isn't at the expense of team values.

White has installed one of Super Rugby's most envied cultures at the Brumbies since arriving in Canberra last year.

The rugby community was in shock on Monday night when reports surfaced suggesting Cooper was preparing to quit Australian rugby.

''No one deserves to get any free rides. It doesn't matter what sport you're in, the reality is the team stands for something,'' White said on Tuesday.

''You have to make decisions that are in the best interest of the team, one has to admire whoever makes those decisions and I'm not even talking about Quade, I'm talking about any rugby team.

''The people who stand firm on those decisions, [that] you either do it properly or you're out, are the ones that make it.

''It works both ways. You've got to try your best to create the environment where they can produce, and at the same time you expect the players to be mindful they've got to stick to the things they and the team believes in.''

White also confirmed that Brumbies inside-centre Pat McCabe will consult a neurosurgeon in Sydney on Thursday to assess a neck fracture sustained on the Wallabies' European tour.

McCabe returned to Australia on Tuesday, and the scans will give the Brumbies a clearer picture of whether he will be fit for the start of the Super Rugby season.

''It would be wrong for me to speculate on how serious it is, or how long he's going to be out for,'' White said.

''At this point in time he's on leave, like Wallabies always are after a tour, and he'll join us in the new year.

''[Brumbies No.8] Fotu [Auelua] and [fullback] Robbie Coleman had one last year, and they played throughout the season.

''It is something players have played through, but you never know the extent of the injury until we get the scans and reports back from the neurosurgeons.''

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