The Wallabies have copped a major blow with halfback Nic White ruled out for the upcoming three-Test series with France due to a knee injury.
White suffered a medial cruciate ligament during a training session at the Wallabies’ camp in Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast.
While the 31-year-old will miss all three Tests, he remains a chance to return when the Bledisloe Cup begins on August 7 in Auckland.
According to a Sydney Morning Herald report, Tate McDermott is favoured to make his first Wallabies start and is tipped to beat out the likes of Ryan Lonergan and Jake Gordon for the halfback duties.
The 22-year-old McDermott, who has just two Test appearances to his name, came off the bench against the All Blacks in both Sydney and Brisbane during last year’s Bledisloe Cup.
The Wallabies are scheduled for a three-Test series against France across an 11-day period starting in Sydney on July 7 at the SCG.
The SMH report also claims that Rugby Australia boss Andy Marinos has no intentions of moving next month’s fixture away from the SCG, despite new restrictions being re-introduced in Sydney after a spike of 16 new coronavirus cases in New South Wales.
Ten new cases of coronavirus were reported in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, seven of which were announced yesterday.
A further 13 new cases have been diagnosed since the 24-hour cut off, which will be included in tomorrow’s official numbers.
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