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A British backpacker whose friend dropped out of their trip around Australia may be feeling thankful for the last minute change of plan – after being inundated with offers from women who want to step in as his travelling companion.

Robert Keane, 27, from Ireland, had to cancel on his friend Paddy James, 23, just two weeks before their trip along the east coast this month and posted a message on the Australian Backpackers Facebook page, appealing for a replacement.

He helpfully included pictures of Paddy, from Southampton, showing off his chiselled chest on the beach and wading out of the ocean like Daniel Craig in his famous scene from the 007 film Casino Royale.