The Western Force is thrilled to announce the signing of Wallaby Nic White on a two-year-deal.
White made his debut for Australia in 2013 after just one season of Super Rugby competition.
Since then, he has gone on to become a leader and regular starter for the Wallabies, playing in the 2019 Rugby World Cup and notching up his 50th appearance for his country against England in Sydney last year.
The 32 year-old has 270 first class caps, representing Montpellier and Exeter before helping guide the Brumbies to a Super Rugby AU title in 2020.
Passionate about his move to the West and enlisting his knowledge to the Force’s 2024 cohort, White aims to guide the emerging leaders in the group.
"This is an awesome opportunity for myself and my family. I am thrilled to stay in Australian Rugby and play for the Force next season," White mentioned.
"I am really looking forward to coming over and being a part of the hard working environment Simon [Cron] has created. The club is moving in the right direction, and I can't wait to be a part of it."
"What I feel like I can bring to the Force is my experience. I've been to three clubs now, Montpellier, Exeter and Brumbies and have tasted success at all three, so I feel like I have a fairly good understanding of what success looks like and how much hard work goes into building a successful club and culture."
“I have had conversations with Simon about building a winning environment. As a team, you show what you can do on match day, but it all comes down to the process. It's all about how hard you work in pre-season and Monday to Friday. This is an area I have a lot of knowledge to pass on and its importance.”
Head coach Simon Cron welcomes White's tenacity to win and game management skills to the squad.
"Nic is a great addition to the team. When we look at our team and the key jigsaw pieces for us to be successful, we look at recruitment and retention and what the player makeup looks like. Nic adds an enormous amount of experience."
"He is a winner, he is a brilliant leader and game manager. One of the things that excited me about Nic is that he fights until the last minute."
"One of the biggest areas we can grow in is our leadership groups. We have a number of emerging leaders here and the key thing for us is to give them role models to learn from, Nic will be one of these."
"We are really excited, Nic comes with his wife Melissa and his boys, Sonny, Leo and Vincent, and we look forward to welcoming them to Perth."
"When the management here signed, we all agreed that we must grow the game here in Western Australia. We need to do as much as possible to help the next stage of players, coaches, and referees.
Plenty of kids out there want to be the next Nic White, and the best way to foster this is to meet him and see him in action."
Born: 13 June, 1990
Place of birth: Scone, New South Wales
Super Rugby debut: 2011 v Queensland Reds in Brisbane
Super Rugby caps: 108
Test debut: 2013 v New Zealand in Sydney
Test caps: 59