Sports · June 23, 2022

Wallabies prepares to host England in a three-test series

Wallabies halfback Nic White has too much respect for England manager Eddie Jones to engage in verbal warfare with him.

Not even the usual spirited Wallabies midfielder Nic White is willing to get involved in a slang match with Eddie Jones, fearing he would come out second against the England manager.

Former Wallabies mentor Jones has already started mind games ahead of next month’s test series between Australia and England, warning his players will be confronted with “abusive crowds” and “aggressive media”.

But rather than responding to Jones when asked for a reaction to comments, White – known for his small talk and jokes – praised the English mentor instead.

“If there’s one guy I’m definitely not going to fight with, it’s Eddie Jones,” White said from the Wallabies’ Sunshine Coast training camp.

“Do you know when they ask that question about who you’d like to have dinner with? It comes to mind right away.

“How long has that guy been coaching international rugby? When he speaks everyone listens.

“He has been successful at all levels and is obviously a very, very good coach.

“It is not a battle that I intend to enter with him. I’d like to pick his brain because he obviously saw it all.

“He’s a very smart guy and a smart operator, and he’s been very successful. He is someone I really admire.

The Australia-England series begins on July 2 in Perth, with White expected to start in the number 9 shirt.

The battle for partner White in the halves is a three-way brawl between Quade Cooper, James O’Connor, and White’s teammate Brumbies Noah Lolesio.

Lolesio said he recovered from his failed field goal attempt in the finals of the Brumbies’ 20-19 semifinal loss in Super Rugby Pacific to the Blues.

“I didn’t realize that no one was in front of me, so I pulled back, did it and got loaded, which sucked,” Lolesio said.

“I’ve definitely learned from that and if I’m to be completely honest it took three or four days to get over because I know it was such an important part of the game and I really felt like I let my teammates down, which isn’t. a good feeling.

“I went through that. The most important thing I’ve learned in rugby is that I need to have a short-term memory when things like this happen. I’m here now and that’s all that matters. “

White praised Lolesio for wanting the ball with the game on the line.

“The last thing you want is for someone to walk into his shell and be scared of those big moments, so I thought it was really good,” White said.

“The most important thing is that Noah wanted it and he has to keep wanting it.

“This is what I love about playing with him: he always wants it in those great moments.”

Originally released as Wallabies star Nic White would like to “take the brains” of England manager Eddie Jones