Nic’s nostalgic return to Newcastle

Wallabies halfback Nic White has vowed not to let emotion get the better of him in Australia’s Tri-Nations clash against Argentina at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday night.

Hailing from the Hunter Region, the Scone-born White also spent much of his childhood in Maitland, so this weekend’s Test in Newcastle is truly on home soil for the 30-year-old Brumbies star.

“I probably didn’t think I’d get to play a game of rugby up here in Newcastle,” said White, whose only previous playing experience at Saturday’s venue was when he was 10 and a junior rugby league player at half time of a Newcastle Knights match.

“(I’m) buzzing this week. I think all the boys are. A chance to play up here, this time of year, doesn’t get much better, does it?”

Better would be a win over a Pumas side full of confidence after their shock 25-15 victory over the All Blacks last Saturday.

“A lot of extended friends and family that are coming to this game that probably haven’t been to a game forever or a long time … that’ll make this weekend pretty special for me personally,” White said.

“While that’s very special, and it’s awesome to be up here, playing here, I’ve got a job to do to park that emotion and make sure I do the job that I’ve got … and where we’re at as a team is pretty important as well.”

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White said the Wallabies were desperate to back up their last-start 24-22 win over the All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium with another impressive effort.

Such consistency has eluded them this season after suffering successive hefty losses to New Zealand following a gutsy 16-16 draw with the All Blacks in Wellington last month.

“We were pretty proud of our performance in Wellington and then turned around and didn’t back it up,” White said.

“It took us a few weeks to bounce back from that, and (we) got ourselves to a position where the game up in Brisbane we were happy with our performance there.

“We were proud of it, and we just want to make sure that we don’t fall into the trap of being happy with that.

“We want to make sure that we’re not tagged with (being) that just young inconsistent side, (and) that we are putting back-to-back wins.”

White said there was also the “huge carrot” of winning the Tri-Nations title after Argentina’s victory over New Zealand.

“The trophy’s still up for grabs,” he said.

“Argentina are a bloody good side, so it’s exciting as well and a challenge itself.

“They have a lot of passion (and) play with a lot of emotion. We’re going to have to meet that, and at the same time not get dragged into that. That’s a fair challenge in itself.”

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