Another University of Canberra Brumbies player to have burst onto the international rugby scene over the last two years, Nic White is now the Wallabies go to man in the No 9 jersey or off the bench behind Will Genia.
While White’s bullet pass, running game and booming boot are all amongst the competition’s best, it’s his ability to get to the breakdown and clear the ball at pace that ranks him as one of Australia’s best.
It was an agonising wait to the Wallabies for White who was not used despite sitting on the bench for 180 minutes in 2012. But that time has been more than recouped in 2013, with the UC Brumbies halfback making appearances throughout the Rugby Championship and then again during the Spring Tour.
White made his Super Rugby debut in 2011 when the UC Brumbies upset the championship winning Reds on their home turf – the only loss inflicted at Suncorp that season. Since then he has gone on to make 34 appearances for the UC Brumbies and needs an uninterrupted year in 2013 to hit 50 caps.
What White lacks in size he makes up for in ticker and is well regarded among the UC Brumbies players, staff and supporters for his courage around the park.