Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Giant Welshman Awaits Wallabies

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Giant Welshman Awaits Wallabies

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RUGBY UNION: Bullocking Wales centre Jamie Roberts has set his sights on testing out Australia's new midfield combination of James O'Connor and Berrick Barnes in this weekend's rugby Test in Cardiff.

The 193cm, 110kg Roberts was one of the leading players at this year's World Cup, using his speed and bulk to regularly put his side on the front foot.

The much lighter O'Connor (88kg) and Barnes (87kg) combined at flyhalf and inside centre for the first time in Australia's 60-11 victory over the Barbarians at Twickenham last weekend.

Inside-centre Roberts promised the Welsh would not be providing the Australian pair with as much time and space at a packed Millennium Stadium.

aWe have made sure this week in defence we are ready to greet him (O'Connor) and Berrick as well,a Roberts said.

aBerrick had a terrific playoff game against us.a

Stepping into flyhalf after Quade Cooper suffered a knee injury early in last month's World Cup bronze medal fixture, Barnes was man of the match in Australia's 21-18 win over Wales. …

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