Aussies lack depth - White
Cape Town - Recovering Brumbies scrumhalf Nic White says Australian rugby simply doesn’t have the depth to rest any Wallabies ahead of this year’s Rugby World Cup in England and Wales.
The gentleman’s agreement between the South African Rugby Union (SARU) and the country’s Super Rugby franchises has seen leading Bok contenders rested throughout the season, while New Zealand sides have also rested their All Blacks at different stages during the competition.
White, speaking in Cape Town this week ahead of Saturday’s Super Rugby clash against the Stormers at Newlands, says he agrees with the decision to look after international players in a World Cup year.
“We haven’t had anyone rested this year so we don’t have that system in Australia,” said White.
“Yeah I do (agree with the system), but unfortunately everyone knows that depth in Australia isn’t quite as large as maybe South Africa and New Zealand so we don’t have that privilege yet, but we’re working towards it.”
White, capped 17 times by the Wallabies, has been sidelined since April 10 while recovering from an ankle injury.
The Brumbies are coming off the back of a narrow home loss to the Waratahs, while the Stormers were humbled by the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last weekend. The Canberra-based side still top the Australian conference, while the Stormers are also very much in the playoff mix - second in the South African conference and seventh overall.
“It’s just about recovering after a physical, intense, quick battle against the Waratahs,” said White.
“Unfortunately we didn’t come out with the win there. It was close right up until the death and it’s just about moving forward and not dwelling on the past too much.”
Kick-off on Saturday is at 17:05.