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01:01 22 Jun 2018


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Australia's Stephen Larkham joined OTB AM earlier this week with Ireland's test series Down Under drawing to a close. 

The Wallaby legend and World Cup winner previewed the deciding test between Ireland and the Wallabies in Sydney and also looked back at his playing career.

The 44 year old made 102 appearances in the green and gold over an 11 year career which included a World Cup win and a Lions Series triumph in 1999 and 2001 respectively. 

He also spoke about his transition from utility player into becoming the fulcrum of the side at out-half and gave us his views on Joey Carbery's similar predicament. 

He also reflected on his decision to get laser eye surgery ahead of the first Lions test at the Gabba in Brisbane in 2001 which ultimately affected his spacial awareness during the series. 

"Yeah, that was the British and Irish Lions series and that was something I probably regret. Looking back on my career it was something I was a little bit disappointed with. It was exactly that - it was the week before the first test and everything was detail and my depth perception was well out.

"And, I would see guys clearly and expect they would be, where in my old vision - they'd blur into my vision until I was about to hit them versus everything was so clear and I couldn't judge that gap so I was quite disappointed with the decision to have the surgery before that series and how I played throughout that series as well," he added. 

Larkham is now part of the Australian backroom team and took issue with Ireland's blocking lines in the second test and will be bringing it up with the match officials ahead of the deciding test this Saturday.

Listen to the full interview here:

WATCH: The Stephen Larkham Interview

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