Thursday Apr 24 07:34 AEST
Benji Marshall. (Getty)
Wallabies flyhalf great Stephen Larkham admits he's very surprised that the Benji Marshall experiment is already over.

Israel Folau celebrates a try. (AAP)
Try-scoring king Israel Folau made a royal return to lead the Waratahs to a bruising win.

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