O’Connor’s Super Rugby switch to Reds delayed


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Former Wallabies back James O’Connor’s switch from Top 14 Rugby to Super Rugby with the Queensland Reds has been delayed due to injuries in the Toulon squad.

Top14 and European Rugby champions Toulon requested an extension from the Reds as they want O’Connor to provide cover for Matt Giteau who is currently injured.

Giteau was injured playing in a European Rugby Champions Cup match against Ulster in October and Leigh Halfpenny is also on the injury list after the November internationals.

O’Connor was expected to join the Queensland Super Rugby side this week but Queensland Rugby Union chief executive Jim Carmichael said that they believe the extension will help O’Connor.

“We’ve been working with James for some time, who has been in the process of tying up his personal affairs before returning home,” Queensland Rugby Union chief executive Jim Carmichael told the Courier Mail.

“Due to injuries at Toulon, we’re happy for him to stay there for a couple more weeks.”

“We believe these extra games in Europe will assist James to prepare for the Super Rugby season.

“James will be back training with the Reds at Ballymore in early January in preparation for our pre-season games.”

O’Connor is now expected to join the Reds in January and could play his first game in a Queensland shirt against the Melbourne Rebels in a Super Rugby warm up match in Cairns on January 31.

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