New role for Larkham?

Stephan Larkham may play at inside-centre on Australia’s year-end tour of Europe.

The move comes as assistant coach Scott Johnson seeks to reshape the backline in the absence of veteran scrumhalf George Gregan. Larkham has been running at inside centre, while Matt Giteau and Mark Gerrard comprise the halfback pairing.

“There might be a chance I’ll play 12 on tour,” Larkham told The Australian newspaper.

“At the training camp at Coffs Harbour we were preparing for the first couple of games. Once we get over there, there won’t be a lot of time to train.

“We were experimenting with a few different positions. Matt was running at nine, Mark at 10 and I ran around at 12.”

Larkham, who has been capped 91 times for the Wallabies, most of those at pivot, is confident that he has the aptitude to fill the role.

“I feel good about it. It’s a change. It’s a similar position to 10, especially the way we are playing,” he said.

“I’ll have to organise the runners around me, which will put a bit more pressure on me. It won’t be that much of a change. We are trying to be interchangeable.”

Larkham cast an eye to the upcoming European tour that will see them play Wales (4 November), Ireland (19 November) and Scotland (25 November), and said they were braced for three challenging Test matches.

“The talk at the moment is that Wales will be the hardest test and we know they are extremely tough,” he said.

“The Welsh players have been together for a number of years and they understand each other quite well. They think they have a good game plan against us.

“But, if you look at Ireland’s form, they will be strong and at home they will be a lot harder.”