Nick Phipps hopes to end on high
May 25, 2013
Nick Phipps will join New South Wales Waratahs next season © Getty Images
Waratah-in-waiting Nick Phipps isn't looking forward to playing his current team, Melbourne Rebels, in next year's Super Rugby competition, for two reasons.
Firstly, the Rebels players have become some of his best mates. Secondly, Melbourne proved with their upset 24-22 win over New South Wales at AAMI Park that they are no longer the tournament easybeats.
It was a self-assured, high-energy performance, with Rebels winger Tom English scoring the winning try in the 75th minute, his second of the game.
It was Melbourne's second successive win, while they have been involved in seven consecutive games decided by less than 10 points.
"We've worked really hard and we're on the up now and I couldn't be happier for this club and the team," Phipps said.
The 24-year-old scrum-half will join NSW next season after being a foundation player at the Rebels. He was forced out after a communication breakdown during negotiations, with Melbourne signing France-based Wallaby Luke Burgess.
Starting as a rookie with no Super rugby experience, Phipps has now won 12 Test caps. "It's disappointing; I love this place and I've grown so much but at the end of the day decisions are made by different people and then you take what you get. I love this team and I love this club and I'm 100 per cent committed until the end of the season."
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Phipps was left out of the initial 25-man Wallabies squad named to face the British & Irish Lions, with coach Robbie Deans only including only one scrum-half, Will Genia. Deans is considering bringing Burgess straight into the squad from France.
While Phipps and the Brumbies' Nic White could rightly feel insulted, he said he wasn't letting it bother him.
"It's not fazing me too much. I'm a firm believer in that if you put the hard work in selections will come. I did have a slow start to the year and my last five or six games haven't been that satisfactory to me, but it's been good for the team. All I can do it keep playing and hopefully someone will notice."