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Watch Nic White, Warns Former Flying Fijians Captain, Mosese Rauluni

Defensively sound, White’s strength is his excellent kicking in general play and his ability to control the ball at the ruck.
20 Sep 2019 15:36
Watch Nic White, Warns Former Flying Fijians Captain, Mosese Rauluni
Nic White

Watch Australian halfback Nic White, warns former Flying Fijians captain Mosese Rauluni.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday Rauluni who captained the Flying Fijians to the quarterfinals of the 2007 Rugby World Cup in Wales.

“The top three Australian players are Nic White, Isi Naisarani and vice-captain, Samu Kerevi,” Rauluni said.

White’s return this season has given the Wallabies a new dimension.

Defensively sound, White’s strength is his excellent kicking in general play and his ability to control the ball at the ruck.

His return saw Will Genia being relegated to the bench.

The other is Fijian-born second five-eight, Kerevi who is the Wallabies game breaker and his bulldozing runs where he breaks the defence with ease has been the hallmark of his play.

For Naisarani, his presence at No.8 has seen head coach Michael Cheika move the veteran David Pocock and Michael Hooper on the flanks.

But Pocock’s selection in this team is certainly the right move, particularly given the Fijians aren’t the owners of one of world rugby’s more dominant lineouts.

“We obviously want to be consistent there,” Cheika said of the lineout.

“Our goal is to have a team that can interchange quite easily and not have to be dependent on anyone player to achieve a certain thing. It’s a different look to some other teams where we’ve got multiple options.

“Might be a little different, there’s obviously a difference between Lukhan and David for example, but they will achieve the same outcomes for us in how we play the game and bring their own special skill set to the game itself.”

Cheika said the side’s realistic goal is to win the World Cup.

“Our goal is to win. I’m sure every team comes to every World Cup believing they can win, and that’s what makes it such a great tournament,” he added.

WALLABIES

15. Kurtley Beale, 14. Reece Hodge, 13. James O’Connor, 12. Samu Kerevi, 11. Marika Koroibete, 10. Christian Lealiifano, 9. Nic White, 8. Isi Naisarani, 7. Michael Hooper (capt), 6. David Pocock, 5. Rory Arnold, 4. Izack Rodda, 3. Allan Alaalatoa, 2. Tolu Latu, 1. Scott Sio.

Reserves: 16. Jordan Uelese, 17. James Slipper, 18. Sekope Kepu, 19. Adam Coleman, 20. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 21. Will Genia, 22. Matt Toomua, 23. Dane Haylett-Petty.

Edited by Osea Bola

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