BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Matt Toomua of Australia dives over to score their tenth try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Uruguay at Villa Park on September 27, 2015 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Two months after making his Test debut at fly half against the All Blacks in 2013, Matt Toomua was asked by Ewen McKenzie if he had the ability to play inside centre.

With a berth in the third Bledisloe Cup Test at stake, Toomua was quick to tell the then Wallabies coach that he was his man. Even if it meant bending the truth.

“Link came up to me in 2013 and said ‘you can play 12, right?’ and I said, ‘yeah, yeah, yeah.’

“I never told him the last time I played 12 was under-11’s,” Toomua told

“So my first match in the position after that was against the All Blacks in New Zealand, so it was kind of a bit of a baptism of fire, but I learnt a lot about myself. It’s not something you tell him: ‘no I can’t.’ It’s like: ‘of course I can’ and you figure it out from there.”