Jake baits Aussies

Jake White has used the Test programme for tomorrow’s match in Brisbane to try and wind up the Wallaby camp.

White is up to his usual tricks, writes Greg Growden in the Sydney Morning Herald. The Springbok coach loves baiting the Wallabies, especially when Eddie Jones was in charge.

Surprise, surprise: in tomorrow night’s Test programme is a lengthy article on White, and it didn’t take long for him to throw a few crackers under Connolly’s feet.

First a back slap, with White explaining that Connolly has so far done an “incredible” job. Now the jab. White knows his Australian rugby, realising that you get everyone bickering if you bring up the NSW-Queensland rift.

“NSW have been the dominant team in Australian rugby for the past two seasons, and it is surprising to see only two or three of their players in the starting line-up,” White said. “If Mat Rogers misses out this week, there’ll only be Elsom, Vickerman and Tuqiri from the NSW team who played in the Super 14 semi-finals. I’m not saying that has anything to do with Knuckles being a Queenslander, but you would expect more NSW players to be in the starting side.”

You can almost hear White snickering away.