Nic White wants Australia to brace for physicality from England

Nic White is confident that Australia can match England's physicality in Sydney
Nic White is confident that Australia can match England's physicality in Sydney

Australia scrum-half Nic White promises to bring more physicality as they face England in the deciding third Test in Sydney on Saturday.

England prop Ellis Genge roughened up Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper as they dominated the opening exchanges taking them to a 7-19 lead in the first half which set the tone for the rest of the game.

White also was on the receiving end in the 16th minute during the game at Suncorp Stadium while Darcy Swain was banned for two games after being red carded for headbutting Jonny Hill, who repeatedly targeted the former.

"We knew they were going to come out with a bit of edge and that physicality and we were just pretty disappointed with our physicality, our edge, so there's a fair bit for us to look at," White said on Tuesday.

"Both games they've come out firing; they're big men and we're going to have to be better up front as they got us in the contact areas.

"That will be a focus for us, fronting up physically at the start, as I feel like both games we've come home pretty strong so it's about arresting those 20 minutes."

Reacting to White's comments, England skipper Courtney Lawes stated that there were no plans of provocation.

"I think we just wind them up in general because they don't like us," said Lawes.

"We just want to concentrate on ourselves and playing our game and we actually talk about not letting them wind us up, so that's quite funny, pretty ironic.

"We haven't spoken about trying to wind them up; the boys get pretty up for it and sometimes emotions can boil over and you do silly things."