Nic White embracing 'competition' as Wallabies look to avoid Pumas complacency

Wed, 22/09/2021, 06:28 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson

Nic White and the Wallabies are refusing to look past Argentina on Saturday, buoyed on by their strong South African performances and growing competition for positions.

White returned to the starting side for the 30-17 win over the Springboks, having started from the bench in the opening Test.

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The Brumbies scrumhalf has shared starting responsibilities with Tate McDermott across the Rugby Championship, with McDermott taking over from Jake Gordon midway through the France series.

Speaking to media on Wednesday, White believes the competition between the halves and across the Wallabies squad is integral if the side wishes to push themselves and compete with the best in the world.

“It’s a one-two punch (between McDermott and me) and we’re creating depth in all positions in 1-15 and that’s what we’re going to need,” White believes.

“We want to go toe-to-toe with the best in the world and it’s taking all of our games (to the next level), even Jake’s (Gordon) whose been training well as well as Ryan's (Lonergan). We need that competition for spots and it’ll drive everyone’s game to the next level. It’s important.”

Whilst they are coming off a high against the world champions, White reiterated the words from Brumbies teammates Darcy Swain and Len Ikitau, suggesting it doesn't undo their past defeats and disappointing showings if they can't manage a win victory in Townsville on Saturday.

“It’s something we’ve spoken about that two good performances doesn’t make up for a couple of years of bad ones. There was a lot of hard work that went into those two performances,” he said.

“(There’s) no short memories, we did have two draws with the Argies last year. They’re a very good side and we know how hard it is to play the All Blacks so we’ve got the utmost respect for them and we’re going to have to be at our best in order to get results.

“A lot of hard work went into those results against South Africa but if we think that’s just going to set up another win, we’re dreaming. We’ve continued to work hard this week and we’ll continue to get better, there’s plenty of parts where we think we can better and if we’re not on our game, they’re a good enough side that can hurt you.

“We know we’re in for it this weekend.”

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