Representative Honours: Australian Under 20s (2009-10), Australian Sevens (2010/11)
Senior Tours: UK/Europe 2013
Dynamic ACT Brumbies scrumhalf Nic White bounced back from a season-ending shoulder injury in 2012 to claim his maiden Test cap for the Qantas Wallabies during the Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship last year.
White was desperately unlucky not to receive his first Test opportunity a year early, having sat on the bench for all three of the Qantas Wallabies wins over Wales in 2012, before a shoulder operation ended his season at the conclusion of the Brumbies’ Super Rugby campaign.
The two-time Australian representative at the Under-20 Junior World Championship was not deterred as he immediately returned to top form for the Brumbies in 2013 as they featured in their first Super Rugby Final since 2004.
Unfortunately, his shoulder injury impeded his progress again midway through last year, as the scrumhalf damaged it against the Rebels in the round before the June Test window. The injury meant he missed out on selection for the Wallabies, as well as the Brumbies’ historic win over the British & Irish Lions.
Back to full health, White was named in new Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie’s first squad selection, with an extended 40-man group being assembled for the 2013 Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship.
He would go to win selection in Australia’s opening Bledisloe Cup Test as part of 10 total caps he would make for the Qantas Wallabies last year. Among those was a Man of Gold performance in his first starting opportunity of 2013, coming in Australia’s narrow 14-13 victory over Argentina in Perth.
White made his Super Rugby debut in opposition to Qantas Wallabies halfback Will Genia during the Brumbies’ shock win over the Queensland Reds in Brisbane in 2011, which proved to be the only defeat suffered by the eventual champions at Suncorp Stadium during their title-winning run. White’s other appearance during his maiden Super Rugby year came a week later when the Brumbies beat the Melbourne Rebels.
A nippy customer with a snappy pass, and a good sense of spacial awareness, White first emerged as a player of potential when he attended the 2009 Under-20 Junior World Championship in Japan. While Australia bowed out in the semi-finals of that event, eventually finishing fourth; six of that team have since graduated to the Qantas Wallabies. One of four players to back up for a second tilt at the Under-20 title in Argentina a year later, White bagged three tries in the 67-5 win over Tonga, helping Australia to its first ever final at the event.
The departure of former Wallaby Josh Valentine and the experienced Patrick Phibbs from the Brumbies at the end of 2011 left a vacancy behind the scrum which White has made the most of during the team’s revitalization under new coach Jake White. Among those who have assisted with his development is Australia’s most capped player, the ex-Test skipper and halfback George Gregan, who was a consultant on the Brumbies coaching staff.
As well as his work marshalling the forwards, accurate goal-kicking is another handy string to White’s game. He has taken on the role as the team’s long-range goal-kicker, with good effect, landing some handy goals from near halfway for the Brumbies over the last two seasons.