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UC Brumbies scrumhalf Nic White will reach his 50th cap this Friday night when the UC Brumbies take on the Force at GIO Stadium.
An Academy graduate, White has been on a fulltime contract since 2010 making his debut against the Reds in Brisbane in 2011. Since then he has risen to be Australia’s top scrumhalf and a genuine leader amongst the UC Brumbies.
White said he was proud to have clocked up 50 caps but would be turning his focus to Friday to get a result over the Force in Canberra.
“It’s a pretty big game this weekend, to be honest I haven’t thought too much about my 50th just about the Force and about doing my job,” White said.
“It’s all about getting the win this weekend. Not looking too far ahead. At the start of the year every side says they want to make the finals so if we win one more game we’ll be there and can tick that off the list.
“We’ve got a job to do. We have to win this weekend to give ourselves a chance in the Finals. We can think finals next week but there’ll be no point if we can’t knock over the Force on Friday.”
Born in Scone and educated at prolific rugby league nursery, St Gregory’s College at Campbelltown, White’s crisp pass and speed between breakdowns have him in the driver’s seat to take the starting Wallabies No. 9 jersey to the next Rugby World Cup in England.
But rather than get carried away with the possibilities of next year, White was keen to focus on the Western Force this Friday and the potential of handing his side a home final for the second year straight.
“It became pretty simple when the Force beat the Reds last weekend, it became clear that we had to win – that was the objective,” he said.
“It’s as simple as win you go through – lose and you probably don’t. The Force has got the hunger of a team that have never been in a Finals-series before so it’s up to us to match that and go up again.”