12 Jun 2012

White says All Blacks were phenomenal

8:11 am on 12 June 2012

World Cup-winning coach Jake White says his early money is on the all-dominating All Blacks for the Rugby Championship title following their ruthless 42-10 thumping of Ireland.

The first weekend of Test rugby delivered few surprises, but White says he was taken aback at the slickness of the All Blacks' victory, which included a stand-out three-try performance from debutant Julian Savea.

White, who now coaches the ACT Brumbies, says the All Blacks have been just phenomenal, people speak about World Cup hangovers, but they were just phenomenal the way they played.

White says the New Zealanders have made a statement they're definitely the form team and the number one team.

White, who won the 2007 World Cup with the Springboks, returns somewhat to his international roots tonight, when his Brumbies tackle a second-tier Welsh side at Canberra Stadium.