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White not wondering what could have been

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David Polkinghorne

Left out ... Brumbies scrumhalf Nic White will not return to the Wallabies squad despite Will Genia's injury.

Left out ... Brumbies scrumhalf Nic White will not return to the Wallabies squad despite Will Genia's injury. Photo: Brendan Esposito

Nic White has no regrets about having shoulder surgery, even though Wallabies scrumhalf Will Genia's knee injury might have opened the door for him to make his international debut.

He said he wouldn't want to make his Wallabies debut only operating at ''70 per cent'' and put his international career in jeopardy. And the ACT Brumbies No.9 thinks Genia's anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury could force Quade Cooper to return to his enigmatic best.

White injured his shoulder in Maitland a year ago, but battled on for the entire Super Rugby season - a season where his speed out of the ruck played a large part in the Brumbies' rise up the ladder. He was due to have surgery when the Brumbies' season ended, but Wallabies coach Robbie Deans wanted him available for the Bledisloe Cup.

When Deans then strangely overlooked him in favour of Melbourne Rebels scrumhalf Nick Phipps, the 22-year-old had his right shoulder reconstructed with the goal of being fit for round one of the 2013 Super Rugby season.

White was Genia's understudy for the Wallabies' series against Wales in June, but never left the bench.

With Genia out for at least six months, it would have opened the way for White and Phipps to battle it out for the No.9 jersey.

But White has no regrets about having surgery and missing a chance of playing Argentina in the Rugby Championship on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

''Robbie obviously knew about [my shoulder problem] and that played a role in not picking me … I know I needed to have it done,'' White told The Canberra Times yesterday.

''Knowing Will's injured now I wouldn't want to be in a position where I'd only be playing at 70 per cent.

''I'd just be a liability out there. I'm glad I'm getting it done and hopefully I have a good season next year and get the chance to hopefully get a cap.

''I want to be fully fit and I want it to be a case of I want to stick around, if I do get that cap, I want to be in a position where I'm not a one-hit wonder.''

Genia was inspirational against Wales and his injury leaves a massive hole for Deans to fill.

White thinks it will be up to others around Phipps to shoulder more of the load - players like Cooper and centre Berrick Barnes.

That added responsibility could be exactly what Cooper needs to bring out his best, something that's been missing since his return from a knee injury of his own.

''He's definitely going to have to shoulder more responsibility in that No.10 jersey and that might be good for him,'' White said.

White has been recovering from surgery at his parents home in Maitland, before returning to Canberra last night.

He'll resume restricted training next week.

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 6 vs RSA 22 Report Stats
SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
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Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG vs AUS 01:30Twic
WAL vs RSA 01:30MilS
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