O'Connor in talks with Toulon?

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 19:14
Large jameso connorlondonirish Large jameso connornorthamptonsaints Large jameso connorlondonirishtraining

James O'Connor was reportedly seen meeting with Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal 24 hours after making his London Irish debut.

James O'Connor was reportedly seen meeting with Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal 24 hours after making his London Irish debut.

O'Connor impressed in his first Premiership appearance but is reportedly already in talks with Toulon regarding a move to France next season.   

Varmatin reports the 23-year-old Wallaby was photographed at Toulon's training ground on Monday and met with Boudjellal and director of recruitment Laurent Emmanuelli.

O'Connor, who was released by the Australian Rugby Union earlier this year, said he was surprised by the pace of Premiership rugby after the 14-19 loss to Northampton Saints on Sunday.

"The speed of the game was very surprising. I thought Super Rugby was fast but I was really blowing out there, that's for sure. It felt great. The club and all the boys have been awesome since I arrived and I am really looking forward to my time here,” he said.  

"I didn't feel 100% and can get better. I wanted to perform. It was one of the best pitches I have played on. It was just a shame we could not get the win."

Director of Rugby Brian Smith was disappointed with the result but reserved praise for new signing O'Connor.

"James is 23 and is still just a kid who gets up in the morning and puts his trousers on one leg at a time like everyone else,” he said.

"A lot has happened quickly to him but he's settled in straight away and showed his class. The boys enjoyed playing with him.

"We see him as 15, even though many see him as a jack of all trades who has played right along the backline and he wants to establish himself as a fullback."

The Exiles dropped to 11th in the Premiership table with the defeat, their fifth from seven.

“It's always very difficult when you lose. You could hear a pin drop in our changing room afterwards and that's the way it should be when you lose a game," said Smith.

"The boys are devastated because they put a big effort in. Northampton gave us a hard time up front at the scrum. They were all over us at line-out time and defended our line-out very well.

"So it was a big test for us upfront. The boys defended very well in the line-out drive itself. But those penalties around halfway cost us. It gave a lot of field position.

"It's disappointing we came up a little bit short. I'm sure our supporters will be heartened by the spirit and the fight in the team, and that's what I am proud of."

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 25 June 2016
United States v Russia 02h00 Sacramento
Samoa v Tonga 02h00 Apia
New Zealand v Wales 07h35 Dunedin
Australia v England 10h00 Sydney
Japan v Scotland 10h30 Nagoya
Italy U20 v Japan U20 11h00 Manchester
Griffons v Free State Cheetahs 12h10 Welkom
Griquas v Sharks 13h00 Kimberley
Georgia U20 v France U20 13h15 Manchester
Argentina U20 v South Africa U20 13h30 Salford
Boland v Namibia 14h00 Wellington
South Africa v Ireland 15h00 Port Elizabeth
Scotland U20 v Wales U20 15h30 Manchester
Australia U20 v New Zealand U20 15h45 Salford
Ireland U20 v England U20 18h00 Salford
Argentina v France 18h10 Buenos Aires
Sun, 26 June 2016
Canada v Italy 16h00 Toronto
Fri, 01 July 2016
Chiefs v Crusaders 07h35 Hamilton
Brumbies v Reds 09h40 Canberra
EP Kings v Griquas 16h00 Port Elizabeth
Blue Bulls v Boland 17h00 Loftus Versfeld
Sat, 02 July 2016
Jaguares v Blues 22h00 Buenos Aires
TOP 14
MORE LOGS