3/6/2013

White plans for strong future


University of Canberra Brumbies coach Jake White believes Nic White’s re-signing on Monday is a sign of good things to come.

After arriving in the ACT at the end of the 2011 Super Rugby season, Coach White has developed a young vibrant group of Brumbies who have excelled together on and off the field.

It’s this core group of young players that White sees as the next generation of Brumbies and Wallabies and hopes by having these guys recommit to the club, success is not too far away.

Under White, the new look University of Canberra Brumbies hold a 66 per cent win rate at Super Rugby level, a remarkable stat considering the average age of the squad is only 22.

While the side narrowly missed a spot in the 2012 Super Rugby finals by falling to the Auckland Blues in the last round, White intends to re-sign as many players as possible to bring success back to Bruce.

“I have made it quite clear from when I signed here, we are trying to get some continuity within the squad,” Jake White said.

“The quicker we can get these players locked in then at least we can get some sort of continuity and succession plan.

“We will hopefully see more re-signings in the next couple of weeks and that’s exactly what I’m trying to do at the club.”

White hopes by keeping the majority of the playing group at the club, it will create combinations that will then be considered for international duty with the Wallabies.

Some of the great Wallabies combinations of the past started at the Brumbies and White hopes his current playing group can follow in their footsteps.

“One of the things I think about when I think about the Brumbies is the old back line of Gregan, Larkham, Kafer, Mortlock and Roff who played for the Brumbies and then for the Wallabies,” White said.

“We are trying to do the same thing here.

“The more that our back line plays together there is no reason that in three or four years time that won’t be the Australian back line.”

One player that Jake White will hope continues to improve is scrum-half, Nic White who signed a one year contract extension with the club on Monday morning.

Still only 22 years old, White joined the University of Canberra Brumbies in 2011 after a standout season helping the Queanbeyan Whites win the 2010 John I Dent Cup.

While White has started the 2013 Super season in brilliant form, the boisterous scrumhalf still understands he has to perform each week to keep the No.9 jersey.

“ I’m happy with the way I’m playing but Ian Prior played well the other night against Samoa so there is certainly still a lot of pressure on me to retain my spot,” Nic White said.

“I will just keep plugging away and doing my job by hopefully pushing our forwards forward and putting our back-line on the front foot.”

After the Brumbies had the bye last round, White expects Saturday night’s game against the NSW Waratahs, to be a massive test for the team before it heads to South Africa for a two game tour. 

“It’s a very big game, we have won two games and it’s very important we keep on winning,” Nic White said.

“The Tahs have shown in previous years that they are a very tough team and because it’s a local derby we know it’s going to be physical. Australian derby games are always physical, tough and no doubt close so it will be a tough game and one we need to win.”

The University of Canberra Brumbies play the NSW Waratahs this Saturday night at Canberra Stadium with kick off at 7.30pm.