Nicholas William White

  • 22Caps
  • 875Wallaby Number
  • 31Age
PositionHalfback
Date Of Birth12 June 1990
Place Of BirthScone, NSW
SchoolSt. Gregory's College, Campbelltown, NSW ; All Saints College, St Peters College, Maitland, NSW & St. Joseph's High School, Aberdeen (Hunter Hill), NSW
Debut ClubQueanbeyan
Other ClubsEastwood
ProvinceACT
Debut Test Match2013 Wallabies v New Zealand, 1st Test Sydney
Final Test Match2015 Wallabies v New Zealand, 2nd Test Auckland

Biography

A nippy half-back with a sharp pass, long-range kicking game and a good sense of spatial awareness, Nic White performed with distinction for both the ACT Brumbies and the Wallabies. White played fly half during his early schoolboy days but made the switch to scrum half when he was 15. While he did not win selection for Australian Schools his talents were clearly identified as he was selected to successive Junior World Championships in 2009 and 2010. A Brumbies Academy graduate, White made his Super Rugby debut against the Queensland Reds in 2011.

A vicious coward punch at a Canberra music festival in early 2012, one that left him with a broken jaw, proved to be a decisive moment in White’s career. A renewed outlook was reflected in his football and within six months White was duly selected on the bench for all three home Tests against Wales before a shoulder operation ended his season at the conclusion of the Brumbies’ Super Rugby campaign. He returned to top form for the Brumbies in 2013 as they featured in their first Super Rugby Final since 2004. Unfortunately a shoulder injury saw him miss the series against the touring British & Irish Lions.

White was then named in new Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie’s first squad for the 2013 Rugby Championship and he went on win his first Test cap against New Zealand in Sydney.

Highlights

2009

Selected in the Australian squad for the second-annual IRB U20s Junior World Championships in Japan.

2010

Selected in the Australian squad for the third-annual IRB U20s Junior World Championships in Argentina.

2013

White won his first Test cap off the bench when he replaced Will Genia in the 27-49, 1st Test loss to New Zealand in Sydney. He won a total of 10 caps over the course of the year including a first run-on XV appearance in the 14-13 victory over Argentina in Perth.

2014

White started at half-back in the opening five Tests and won a total of nine caps for the year.

2015

He won a further three caps over the course of the Rugby Championship including a match-winning cameo off the bench in the 27-19 1st Test win over New Zealand. A see-sawing Test turned in the 66th minute when Wallabies half Nick Phipps was given a yellow-card and subsequently did not return. White, Phipps’ replacement, landed a booming penalty goal from halfway and then scored the match-winning try. Unfortunately White missed selection to the Rugby World Cup and was then lost to Australian rugby when he moved to Montpellier in France.

Nicholas William White