James O’Connor has given up on Australian rugby for the time being, opting to rather further his playing career in Europe.
O’Connor, who has had a rough couple of months off the field, with drinking incidents culminating in his Australian Rugby contract being thrown out the window.
O’Connor has reportedly informed Australian Rugby that he does not intend on playing Super Rugby next year, and is looking to broker a deal with a European team. This after Australian coach Ewen McKenzie had openly made a statement that he want O’Connor involved in his setup and is willing to help the player with a rehabilitation program. Even the Force have come forward and offered him a Super Rugby spot, when no other team was even interested.
O’Connor, who is only 23 years old, could still make another three World Cups, and could even still play for Australia in the 2015 World Cup, with McKenzie at the helm.
A stint away from the spotlight, away from the Australian media, might just be exactly what he needs to refocus himself on his rugby and return to Australia an even better player.Tweet