Wallabies squad to face Springboks in chosen Nic White Rugby Championship rematch
Posted On September 15, 2021
Nic White usurped Tate McDermott as Australia’s starting half for Saturday’s Rugby Championship rematch with the Smart Springboks at Suncorp Stadium.
Queensland favorite McDermott is having a stellar season for the Wallabies, but coach Dave Rennie opted for the experience of White, who played a crucial role off the bench in Sunday’s stunning 28-26 surprise. on the Gold Coast.
The 31-year-old mustache played the entire second half after McDermott received a blow to the shin.
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White won the crucial penalty with the lapse of time, which Cooper cooly converted to seal a fairytale comeback.
The full Wallabies team will be named later this morning.
Suddenly, the selectors have real options in the baseline with James O’Connor available for selection after a long-term groin injury.
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Cooper is expected to keep his No.10 jersey, a move from O’Connor to the back is a possibility.
Former wallabies Chris Latham and Elton Flatley felt the idea had merit.
“There could be talks about returning to fullback,” Latham said.
“You need those players who can play unpredictably within a structure.
“I thought that was the difference Quade made – he made the Boks sit down and watch.
“To have O’Connor, another striking weapon, as well as Samu (Kerevi) with that direct stroke and ability to unload and play ball… get hurt.”
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Flatley pointed out O’Connor’s considerable experience as a full-back.
“If he’s fit he has that experience and knows how to do a job with the 15 jersey,” Flatley said.
“For Quade to come back and play like he did, that was great, I didn’t think he would go so well personally.
“Physically he’s in a fantastic nick and he was rock solid, I couldn’t fault him.”
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