Melbourne Rebels fly-half Carter Gordon insists the high level of training has him ready for his Test debut for Australia, should he get it against the Springboks in the Rugby Championship opener on July 8.
Gordon had a blockbuster season in Super Rugby Pacific impressing with his playmaking ability and attacking inclination that earned him a spot in Eddie Jones’ Wallabies squad.
High training standards
The 22-year-old is uncapped and admits he is learning a lot from his new team-mates and in particular from veteran scrum-half Nic White. Gordon also acknowledged the intensity of training and says he is relishing his opportunity in the Wallabies environment.
“Well firstly, the training levels have been really high,” Gordon told reporters on Thursday. “The quality of training has been awesome, and it’s just been getting better every week.
“I probably haven’t experienced anything like it and it’s awesome to be a part of just boys testing their skills and executing on demand. It’s been awesome.
“If I was to make my debut against the Boks, obviously I’d be extremely excited. Can’t wait.
“I’ve been training with Whitey the last few days and I’ve really enjoyed it. He’s actually getting into me a little bit on the field, which I love. It’s just more opportunity for me to learn, and he’s been on me about that, so I’ve really enjoyed playing 9-10 with him.”
Helping the young players
Meanwhile, White believes part of his role in the squad is helping youngsters like Gordon step up to Test level intensity and encouraging him to bring the qualities that earned him selection.
“I guess for us guys with a little bit more experience letting guys like Carter know that he’s in here for a reason,” White said. “He’s had a hell of a season.
“The way he plays is what we need and he needs to bring it, and I keep telling Carter whatever I can do to help him, and the same with the other nines and 10s with Quade in here, he’s helping Carter and I’m helping the nines, is that we need everyone to be at their best.
“We all see things a little bit differently around the game and the quicker we can get onto one page, the better and I think we’ve been really working well as a collective.”
“Mate, he’s pretty clear in the way he wants to play the game. He’s very clear,” White said. “Again, I’m not going to give you the finer details of that. But, look, no, it’s very clear in the philosophy of how he wants to play the game, the details of how exactly that looks in terms of plays and detail we’re getting through that.”