Wallabies: Nic White braced for tough challenge against Pumas in Argentina

David Skippers

Experienced Wallabies scrum-half Nic White is looking forward to heading back to Argentina where they will start their Rugby Championship campaign with back-to-back Tests away from home.

Australia face tricky assignments against a rejuvenated Argentina outfit in Mendoza and San Juan on August 6 and 13 respectively.

Wallabies first visit to Argentina since 2018

The last time the Wallabies faced Los Pumas in their backyard was in 2018 under the guidance of Michael Cheika and they had to dig deep to come back from a 24-point half-time deficit to clinch a 45-34 triumph.

Cheika is now Argentina’s head coach and White expects a difficult encounter in Mendoza.

“Going over there and playing Argentina, they’re a different beast over there,” White said.

“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 (Rugby Championship) 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 tour to Argentina brings some normality to the Rugby Championship after most of the games in the 2020 and 2021 tournaments were played in Australia due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Meanwhile, the All Blacks are on their way to South Africa for the first time since 2018 where they will face Jacques Nienaber’s men.

In favour of mini-tours

SANZAAR’s mini-tour format is something which White is 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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