No break for Bernie

Stephen Larkham would rather tour with the Wallabies than spend more time in the gym.

The 32-year-old had suggested sitting out the tour with halfback partner George Gregan, but has now decided to get more game time.

“There were pros and cons both ways,” Larkham said. “But they said the tour wouldn’t be all that physically taxing for me, that I wouldn’t play in every Test and would be able to get in some work in the gym.”

Larkham has admitted problems in adapting to a new Wallabies’ style, but believes that with more game time on tour it will ensure he will be able to adapt better to what the coaches want.

“I’m happy to play the midweek games,” he said. “To me, it doesn’t really matter what the quality of the opposition is.”

The Wallabies will play Tests against Wales, Italy, Ireland and Scotland and midweek matches against Ireland A, Scotland A and Welsh team Ospreys.