Nic White

Nic White courted controversy in the game against the Boks last weekend. Photo: Twitter

WATCH: Boks have some choice words for Nic White

A couple of video clips have gone viral showing Bok players having a few choice words with ‘infamous’ Wallabies scrumhalf Nic White.

Nic White

Nic White courted controversy in the game against the Boks last weekend. Photo: Twitter

Last week, Nic White copped plenty of stick on social media after he milked a yellow card during an incident involving Faf de Klerk, which was a major talking point after the first Rugby Championship Test between South Africa and Australia.

White’s theatrics came late in the first half while Australia were camped on their own tryline. With time running out, Springbok scrumhalf Faf de Klerk tried to knock the ball out of White’s hands at a scrum, but instead made contact with his face.


Referee Paul Williams ultimately saw enough to send the blonde No 9 to the sin-bin for 10 minutes, and at half-time, Butch James, in-studio for SuperSport, was quick to slam White, suggesting that he deserved a yellow card.

The Boks clearly had not taken kindly to the play-acting from White, who is renowned for his antics and chirping.

In Saturday’s rematch, two clips have set social media alight, with Willie le Roux standing face to face with White and audibly telling him where to get ‘off’.

Springbok supporters were also quick to point out how Makazole Mapimpi – usually one of the quieter players around – seemed to be clearly telling White to “shut up” at another point during a stop in play.


You can watch the clips involving Nic White below:

Prior to last Saturday’s Test, former Bok coach Nick Mallett provided some interesting insight into the De Klerk-White incident when writing in his column for Sport24,

The Nic White issue has been in the headlines, and I think that what would have served rugby best in that instance was a yellow card to Faf de Klerk, but also a yellow card to White for unsportsmanlike conduct and bringing the game into disrepute.

I’m not quite sure what Faf was trying to do, and I don’t understand why he was swinging his arm like that with a closed fist. I don’t think you can complain about his yellow given he made contact with the player’s face.

The way in which White milked the penalty and dived to the ground in a soccer-like fashion, however, is not what you want in rugby, and it is completely understandable that people are so angry.

The only way referees are going to manage to get it out of the game is if they yellow card a player who they deem has overreacted and is trying to buy a penalty. If you swear at a referee, he can send you off for that, and this is just a different form of gamesmanship that I don’t think should have any place in the sport.


How the Boks and Wallabies had lined up last weekend

Australia  15 Reece Hodge, 14 Tom Wright, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Hunter Paisami, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Nic White, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Jed Holloway, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper (c).
Subs: 16 David Porecki, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Pete Samu, 22 Jake Gordon, 23 Andrew Kellaway.

Springboks – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Canan Moodie, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Kwagga Smith, 20 Duane Vermeulen, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Frans Steyn, 23 Warrick Gelant.