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Wallaby veteran fly-half Stephen Larkham, who is becoming increasingly more injury-prone, is now in doubt again for the clash against the Welsh in Brisbane on Saturday.

Late on Wednesday Larkham could only play a limited role in training after feeling tightness in his ailing hamstring.

Coach John Connolly admitted that this development might see the re-introduction of George Gregan into the number nine jersey.

“We could go to the Gregan, Larkham, Giteau situation on Thursday,” he told the AAP of Australia’s old firm 9,10, 12 combination.

“We know what we get and they click in very well.

“In terms of what sits below them, by chance we get to a World Cup game and we lose one or two of them, we have to have some idea what direction we’re going to take, who the best person for the job is and who’s had experience in the team.”

Gregan was meant to have started one of the Welsh Tests but Connolly has been eager to test Giteau at scrum-half, and his midfield replacement Adam Ashley-Cooper at 12.

Connolly was full of praise for the manner in which Test’s rugby most experienced player has handled being axed as captain and losing his starting berth.

“He’s worked hard with Matt Giteau and he’s done everything he can, playing a big role behind the scenes,” Connolly said.

“He’s disappointed, he would like to play, but he also understands the situation we’ve got.”

 

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