But his efforts in getting the Waratahs to last Saturday’s Super Rugby final and first-ever title has put him back in contention for a spot in the starting XV for the Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney on August 16 when coach Ewen McKenzie names his side on Tuesday.
Phipps won the players’ award for his dominant performance in the semi-final against the Brumbies, which included a number of try-saving tackles.
While White is the favourite to retain the No.9, some pundits reckon Phipps might have the jump on the incumbent.
The championship-winning halfback, however, said he was happy to bide his time.
“He’s had a great year as well, so it’s not as if I can come in and say I deserve that spot,” Phipps told AAP.
“(He) played really well in those three French games in the middle of the year, so when the coaches are obviously looking back on past performances he’d probably have that nudge ahead of me.
“I’ll just keep working hard and hopefully opportunities come.”
Phipps said selection in the run-on side was essentially out of his hands and he was just grateful to be in the frame.
“This time last year I wasn’t in this position at all so I’m just stoked to be here at the moment,” he added.
“It just shows how footy goes – you can be top of the world one minute and not even around the next.
“That’s why I’m a big believer in you’re only as good as your last game.”
The phrase, “the Tri Nations is well and truly alive now” has been constant in and around the Quick Questions for the last month, and it’s no less so after the hard-fought but ultimately disappointing draw between Los Pumas and the Wallabies on Saturday.
It’s hard to know exactly how SANZAAR have managed it, but not only has the 2020 Tri Nations tournament had more life in it from the outset than ever imagined, but it would seem to be gaining excitement with every result.
We asked you to rate the Australian’s performances following their 15-all stalemate with the Pumas on Saturday night at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle. And the results are in. Check out which Wallabies were standouts in your eyes below.