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'They’re a different beast over there': Wallabies, White relishing Argentina trip

Sun, 31/07/2022, 12:07 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
A great achievement for scrumhalf Nic White as he brought up his 50th test at the SCG.

Wallabies scrumhalf Nic White is excited about the long-awaited return to Argentina as they prepare to open their Rugby Championship campaign.

The Wallabies made the tri on Friday for the first time since 2018 ahead of the opening round on August 7.

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In their last encounter, the Michael Cheika-coached side produced a stunning comeback, overcoming a 24-point half-time deficit to take the 45-34 victory.

With Cheika crossing sides and the visitors eager to bounce back after their disappointing series defeat to England, White was expecting a tough battle in Mendoza.

“Going over there and playing Argentina, they’re a different beast over there,” White said as the Wallabies prepared to travel to Argentina.

“Big crowds, very passionate which will be good fun for a lot of guys who haven’t been over there to see.

“For us, it’s about focusing on ourselves, what we can do and the way we want to play, the learnings we’ve taken from the last games as we find ways to get better.

“We’ve put to bed that England series, a lot of learnings there and an exciting TRC ahead. We’ve reviewed the series and whilst there were plenty of goods, there were a lot of learnings that we need to take.

“It’s a good chance for us to get back together and we’ve trained very hard, it’s all based around hard work and we’ve been flogged over the past days so we’ll hopefully put those learnings into place and put in a good performance.”

The trip reflects a return to normality after the past two editions of the Rugby Championship were largely based in Australia.

At the same time, under-fire New Zealand will head to South Africa to face the world champions for the first time in four years.

It comes as SANZAAR adopts the 'mini-tour' format for the championship, something White was all in favour of.

“International Rugby is back, how good is it! A few boys haven’t been over (to Argentina) so it’ll be good to see the other cultures and that’s why Rugby is so good because you play around the world,” he added.

“You see the different cultures and countries and Argentina is a pretty special one so for the guys who haven’t been there, it’ll be a good trip but what will make it even better is we’re performing well and we get a couple of wins.”

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