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White beats Genia

  • White beats Genia

ACT Brumby Nic White was on Tuesday named Wallabies scrumhalf in favour of decorated star Will Genia to take on France in the first test in Brisbane on Saturday.

White, will make his fourth start in his 11th cap for the green and gold after an inspiring Super Rugby season to date with the ACT Brumbies.

ACT Brumbies head coach Steve Larkham said Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie made the right call selecting who he labelled "the best halfback in Australia" in White.

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"Being the best halfback in Australia generally means you're one of the best halfbacks in the world, so Nic thoroughly deserves to start for the Wallabies," said Larkham.

"He's benefited from the consistent combinations we've had at the Brumbies and he has lead from the front."

"Genia has been more inconsistent than Nic but he's been unlucky in that the Reds have been through a lean patch lately."

Larkham has been impressed by his young Brumbies scrumhalf, just 23 years of age, all season, saying in April White should be called upon by McKenzie.

He said White's greatest asset is the energy he brings to the side, and backed this element of his game to carry him through the rest of the international season this year.

"Without a doubt he is the best half at the moment in terms of the energy he has," said Larkham.

"He works great with combinations, he has a great service game, passing, kicking and defence, but it is his energy and work ethic that the Wallabies need to match the stronger international rugby nations."

The first test against France kicks off at 8pm.

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