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White accuses Reds of playing Horwill 'mind games'

Jake White thinks James Horwill is not injured

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Article Published: Tuesday 12 February 2013|

Brumbies coach Jake White has accused the Reds and coach Ewen McKenzie of playing "mind games" ahead of their Super Rugby clash in Canberra.

The Reds have said that James Slipper will captain their team against the Brumbies as James Horwill is injured and will miss the match after a training ground injury.

However Brumbies coach White does not believe that Horwill is set to miss the match.

"They'll play; they'll all be in," White said. "Last year they said that Quade Cooper got injured in the hotel and wasn't going to run out and then he ended up playing the whole game, (won 13-12 by the Reds in Canberra).

"It's all mind games now. That's the way the Reds operate. They come up with, 'This guy's not available, that guy could play, this guy is sick."

"We have to focus on what we want to get right and that's a win in Canberra on Saturday."

Reds coach McKenzie does not want to get involved in the verbal war and insists that Horwill's injury was genuine and said that the captain would most likely be back for the match a week later against the Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium.

"As we've done all off-season we've taken a cautious approach with James and his rehab and on this occasion we all agreed it would be best to give him another week on the sideline," McKenzie said.

Newly appointed captain is focused on the game ahead and says that the Reds are intent on starting the season well after they had a shocking run of injuries last year with key players picking up injuries one after the other.

"It's hugely important (to start well)," Slipper said.

"They did have a great year. Everyone saw that, and we were lucky to get on top of them at the very end there.

"Coming into the first round, everyone wants to start well. It's crucial to start a campaign well and we'll be going out this weekend to do that."

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