Berrick Barnes happy to play at 10 or 12 for Wallabies

Wallaby Berrick Barnes who stood in at Number 10 for the injured Stephen Larkham at the World Cup says that he is happy to play at number 10 or number 12 for the Wallabies.

The Queenslander started three games for the Wallabies at the world cup at fly half with Matt Giteau beside him at inside centre.

Giteau now seems set to take over the No.10 shirt so it is likely that Barnes will occupy the No.12 shirt for Tests against Ireland and France.

Barnes who has played at flyhalf for the Reds in the Super 14 scored two tries off the bench against Japan at the World Cup , followed by starts against Wales, Fiji and England.

New Wallabies coach Robbie Deans utilised ball players at both five-eighth and inside centre during his hugely successful tenure with the Crusaders and could look to Barnes and Giteau to fulfil the dual playmaker roles in the coming inbound Tests.

Barnes, 22, said prior to this season he had little senior experience of inside centre, playing just a couple of games there for Queensland last year.

He said he struggled to find his feet at inside centre early in the season when he would jump in front of five-eighth Quade Cooper, but felt he had started to come to grips with the No.12 position towards the end of the Super campaign.

“The first few games at the Reds, I was running around like a chook (chicken) with a head cut off,” Barnes told AAP.

“I didn’t know what I was doing and now I’ve come to terms with when to come in and when not to and just let the No.10 do his job.”

Barnes was being diplomatic when he said that he had no preferred position and was just happy to play for the Wallabies.

At training on Thursday Barnes and Giteau exchanged roles and the young Queenslander clearly relished the opportunity to work alongside his illustrious team-mate.

“I love working with Gits, I tell you, he’s the best in the game in Australia and I love to be inside or outside him, it doesn’t really matter.

“I suppose with the way Robbie is trying to play you are looking at two ball players to get you around the field.

“We struck a bit of a combination up and we can continue that, that would be great.”

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