Cardiff barber gives Australia team a trim before Wales game

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image captionLiam O'Brien (left) had 23 players and coaches including Rob Simmons (second left) and Michael Hooper (right) in his shop over two days

A chance encounter led to a barber's in Cardiff being packed with Australian rugby players looking for a trim ahead of their defeat with Wales.

Liam O'Brien bumped into prop Sekope Kepu in Cardiff in 2017 and was invited to the team hotel to cut his hair.

He clearly impressed because fast forward to this week and Mr O'Brien, 24, from the city's Office Barbershop, had 23 players and coaches in his shop.

"It was wicked - as a rugby fan, it was amazing," he said.

Wales beat Australia 9-6 at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on Saturday to secure a first win in 10 years against the Wallabies.

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image captionIsrael Folau and Sekope Kepu were two of the players getting a trim

Mr O'Brien had to stagger the players and coaches across two days on Wednesday and Thursday.

"I was asking them about the game and having a bit of banter, it was really good. They obviously stand out a bit, but the other customers loved it."

Despite the friendliness and generosity of the players - who gave Mr O'Brien and his two colleagues tickets to the match - the barber was unswerving in his loyalty to his home country.

"I think it will be 35-30 to Wales. Hopefully," he had said before the game.

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image captionBarber Liam O'Brien was still supporting Wales despite cutting the entire Australian team's hair, including winger Sefa Naivalu
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image captionLiam O'Brien had hoped Wales would beat his famous customers for the first time in 10 years when they played on Saturday

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