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Australia Rennie eyes O'Connor's red-hot Super Rugby form

07:16  05 august  2020
07:16  05 august  2020 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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James O ' Connor celebrated his 30th birthday last month but the veteran playmaker continues to win new fans in his second Australian rugby coming. His newest could be the most important yet: Wallabies coach Dave Rennie , who praised O ' Connor ' s understated role in Queensland's huge improvement in

Could James O ' Connor be about to come full circle? In northern hemisphere rugby the Reds wing Chris Feauai-Sautia would have been shown a yellow card for his first-half hit on Jaguares fullback Santiago Carreras (even though the initial contact between Feauai-Sautia and was on the upper body

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has heaped praise upon Reds star James O'Connor who has continued to win over fans in his second Australian rugby coming.

O'Connor has been a silent workhouse behind Queensland's marked improvement this Super Rugby season, and it hasn't gone unnoticed by the national coach.

"I've been really impressed with James," Rennie told the Sydney Morning Herald. "All my knowledge of him was what you read in the papers from afar, but I've had lots of conversations with him. He's been impressive, he's really matured, he's comfortable in his own skin.

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Simon Hickey has had an encouraging first Super Rugby campaign. The Under 20 s , which feature three other fringe Super Rugby players in Tevita Li, also of the Blues, Anton Brendan O ' Connor should slot into the No7 jersey. "There' s more pressure on this week to turn up like we did last week

Six completed rounds marks the all-important one-third point of the Super Rugby season. Well, maybe not all-important, but it’s nonetheless enough of a sample Youngsters Noah Lolesio and Will Harrison are taking to Super Rugby well in their debut seasons, and O ’ Connor ’ s Queensland teammate Isaac

"He's as fit as he's ever been – his Bronco [fitness test] that he did recently is the best he's ever done - at 30."

James O'Connor with a football ball: James O'Connor stars for the Reds. (Getty) © Getty James O'Connor stars for the Reds. (Getty)

Rennie confirmed he was eyeing the 52-Test utility for Australia's vacant No.10 Jersey, having impressed when called into a playmaking capacity for the Reds at times this season.

"That's important for us," Rennie said.

"We know he can play No.10, we know he can play midfield. More seasoned players being on top of their game is really important for us. He can play both.

"He's played less rugby at No.10 but he's done a great job for them because he gives confidence to people around him and he's got an excellent skill set.

"I would have thought earlier in the year [he was] probably not a No.10 and more a No.12. He can play No.13 too. He'd prefer not to, he thinks probably he doesn't have the leg speed to play No.13."

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