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Sport Super Rugby AU: Waratahs flyhalf Will Harrison praises newly appointed Reds captain James O'Connor

08:10  16 february  2021
08:10  16 february  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The Queensland Reds have confirmed James O ’ Connor as interim captain just months after he asked the club for a release to play Super Rugby in New Zealand. Queensland’s regular skipper Liam Wright injured his ankle in the Reds ’ trial loss to the Waratahs in Narrabri last week and has been ruled out for 10 weeks. Fraser McReight and Lukhan Salakaia-Loto had been touted as potential replacements but the Reds announced on Sunday that O ’ Connor , 30, would step into the role. It caps a remarkable rise for O ’ Connor , who has rebuilt his career and reputation in Australian rugby after a number of off-field

Will Harrison was just nine when an 18-year-old James O'Connor burst onto the scene, becoming the second-youngest Wallaby in history.

Twelve years on, the pair are set to kick-off the 2021 Super Rugby AU season, the first match of the code's new broadcast deal with Nine & Stan Sport on February 19.

Harrison has emerged as one of the players to watch following his impressive season for the Waratahs, earning selection in Dave Rennie's extended squad for the Tri-Nations.

This provided the 21-year-old with the 'priceless' experience of learning from the likes of O'Connor and Rebels flyhalf Matt Toomua.

Having grown up idolising these players, Harrison admits that he was a 'sponge' when he entered the camp.

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The Reds and Waratahs are sweating on the availability of key players heading into Super Rugby 's opening round next week after Queensland prevailed 28-19 in a testing trial in Dalby on Friday night. The trial was the final pre-season hit-out for both teams and will have given coaches Brad Thorn and Rob Penney plenty of food for thought, with their Junior Wallabies pushing for places in round one next week. While Kurtley Beale could yet play at flyhalf , Harrison could make his Super Rugby debut at no.10 after leading his team around the field capably in the first half and in the final stages when

Two late James O ' Connor penalties earned the Queensland Reds a first victory in seven years over NSW Waratahs Friday as Super Rugby resumed in Australia after a lengthy COVID-19 enforced shutdown. The advantage didn't last with NSW prop Harry Johnson-Holmes touching down after a 11-phase build-up and Will Harrison adding the extra points. But the home stepped up again with Wallaby O ' Connor in the thick of the action, sending a looping pass to winger Filipo Daugunu who danced over for another Reds try.

“Being around players like Matt Toomua and James O’Connor who have done a lot in their footy careers and have been specialist in multiple positions. I was really a sponge in there and picked up a lot of information,” Harrison told media.

“Those coaches as well, Dave Rennie and Scott Wisemantel, they have immense experience and they’ve been drip-feeding them into me.

“I was there in the background really learning and making the most of the experience. It was one of those things that money can't buy.

“I'm really looking forward to showcasing what I’ve learnt from the last six months into Super Rugby AU."

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O'Connor's influence on Australian rugby has been felt for a decade, with players who used to idolise him like Harrison now coming for his spot in the Wallabies set-up.

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BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The Queensland Reds ended a seven-year, 11-match losing streak against the New South Wales Waratahs with a 32-26 win over their often bitter state rivals in the opening match of the Super Rugby Australia competition on Friday. New South Wales led by four points eight minutes into the second half when Jack Maddocks took a pass from Lachie Swinton and went through a gaping hole for a try. Harry Wilson replied with a try for Queensland and the score was later level at 26-26 before Queensland flyhalf James O ' Connor kicked two late penalties, the second

MELBOURNE, July 3 (Reuters) - Queensland Reds flyhalf James O ' Connor kicked a late penalty to secure a 32-26 win and snap a seven-year losing streak to the New South Wales Waratahs as professional rugby returned to Australia on Friday after a three-month hiatus due to COVID-19. Number eight Harry Wilson snatched back the lead for the Reds by diving over from a metre out but hotheaded prop Taniela Tupou threatened to undo the good work when he was sent off for a second late charge in the 67th minute. Waratahs flyhalf Will Harrison slotted a penalty from long range a

Whilst Harrison has got the best of the Reds and O'Connor in their past two meetings, including last week's trial win in Narrabri, the 21-year-old had nothing but praise for his opposite number.

“He’s a really good fella and a great footballer. He’s done a lot for the game in his long career for Australian rugby,” he said on O’Connor.

“He’s a player I like coming against. I’ve had a pretty good record against him last year, I felt really comfortable in the Super Rugby AU game in round one and then we obviously had the good win against them last year.

“Hopefully we can continue the momentum from Narrabri. I know he wasn’t playing but I’m really looking forward to playing against him.”

Heading into a new era of professional rugby, Harrison has usurped O'Connor's position as the face of rugby as part of Stan's advertising campaign, with his swan-dive plastered across TV commercials and advertisements.

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  McReight backs O'Connor as Reds think big Fraser McReight is aware more will be needed of him in the back row after Queensland Reds captain Liam Wright's untimely ankle injury.The young Wallabies talent was tossed up as an option by Tim Horan to fill in for the injured Wright, who could miss up to 10 weeks with an ankle injury.

The Reds overcame a tenacious Waratahs side to kick off Australia 's Super Rugby AU competition with a hard-fought 32-26 victory in Brisbane. The result is a momentous one for the Reds , ending an 11-match losing run against the Tahs that stretches all the way back to 2013. Bryce Hegarty succeeded with three conversions for the Reds and James O ’ Connor added two penalties, while Will Harrison scored all the Waratahs ’ other points courtesy of four penalties and two conversions. The Reds had the better of the early exchanges and opened the scoring in the sixth minute courtesy of

The Australia -based competition has replaced the usual Super Rugby tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic, kicking off on Friday. The curtain-raiser certainly delivered as the Reds ended a seven-year, 11-match win drought against the Waratahs . The two teams were neck and neck for much of the contest at Suncorp Stadium, with Will Harrison 's kicking keeping New South Wales in touch as the Reds But Harry Wilson soon went through and, although Taniela Tupou was shown a yellow card for a late tackle, O ' Connor kept his nerve with two penalties in the closing stages to settle the clash.

Harrison knows the importance of the broadcast deal, pointing to the success that the AFL and NRL have had with their product available to a large percentage of Australians.

He believes that this new deal along with the added professionalism will produce an exciting product for spectators.

“I think it’s a really cool vibe. We were in Canberra for content day last year and even felt a bit more professional,” he believes.

“Rugby is getting a new life and I’m really looking forward to being a part of that journey.

“Being a kid, you always saw it on Fox Sports, you always watch a lot of free-to-air footy in terms of rugby league so I’m looking forward to seeing rugby get a go.”

Lolesio wary as Tahs count casualties .
Brumbies playmaker Noah Lolesio won't write off the depleted NSW Waratahs when they head to Canberra for Saturday's Super Rugby AU clash.The halfback could miss up to eight weeks with a high ankle sprain after falling awkwardly in a tackle as the Queensland Reds piled on the points in a Super Rugby record 41-7 win last week.

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