The team that was coached by White for two years host the team currently being coached by the World Cup-winning former Springbok mentor.
And therein lies a story.
They are both successful playing a game White is famous for – a territory-based style in which tactical kicking and a strangling defence is at a premium.
Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham admitted there were similarities between the Brumbies’ game and that of the Sharks.
However, Larkham said he had introduced a few ‘tactics’ this week in an attempt to out-wit White.
“He certainly knows how we play, but by the same token we know how they play as well,” Larkham told The Canberra Times. “It’s a very similar game. There’s a few things, a few tactics that we’re going to introduce this week that will hopefully catch them.”
No doubt it will be a brutal arm-wrestle with more than just bragging rights on offer. Sharks replacement back Heimar Williams said the game will be a good indication for where they stand in terms of championship potential.
“It will be good for us to measure ourselves against one of the competition’s top teams,” Williams told rugby365 from the team’s base in Australia. The Sharks make no secret of the fact that they see it as a “crucial” game.
2013: Brumbies won 29-10, Durban
2012: Sharks won 29-26, Canberra
2011: Sharks won 34-16, Durban
2010: Brumbies won 24-22, Canberra
2009: Sharks won 35-14, Durban
2008: Brumbies won 27-21, Canberra
Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 Jarrad Butler, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Fotu Auelua, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Ruaidhri Murphy, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Tom McVerry, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Pat McCabe.
Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Sibusiso Sithole, 12 Paul Jordaan, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Francois Steyn, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 Heimar Williams, 23 SP Marais.
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees, James Leckie (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)