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O'Connor quits Force

2011-06-15 07:15

Sydney - Wallabies sensation James O'Connor quit Vodacom Super Rugby side Western Force on Wednesday after negotiations over a new contract broke down.

The 20-year-old back, one of Australia's brightest new stars, will reportedly link up with fellow Wallaby young gun Kurtley Beale at the Melbourne Rebels.

His shock departure came a week after RugbyWA was advised by his representatives that O'Connor had decided in principle to sign a new deal with the Force.

But the Super Rugby club said they have now withdrawn from nearly five months of talks after failing to agree on the length of a new contract and how much he would be paid.

"We presented James with extremely generous terms which reflected his talent and standing at the Western Force," RugbyWA chief executive Vern Reid in a statement.

"We were fully committed to giving James every opportunity to continue his development through the rugby program in Western Australia, however it is clear his final decision has been based on other factors.

"We're still a young club and it is fundamental in our development that everyone is committed to building a cohesive culture that defines a team ethos.

"The terms being imposed by James' management did not correlate with that objective."

O'Connor became the youngest player to debut in Super Rugby history, at 17 years of age.

He has played 27 Tests for the Wallabies so far and will be a key member of Robbie Deans' squad at the World Cup in New Zealand this year.

Reports said the Rebels were waiting for the Australian Rugby Union to sign off on the deal before making an announcement on luring one of rugby's hottest prospects to Melbourne.

SAPA

Comments
  • rugby_guru - 2011-06-15 07:34

    Hmm... chikidie china the chinese chicken! have a drum stick and your feet star clickin!

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-15 07:47

      Go lick something- IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-15 10:07

      WP excuse me?

      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-06-15 10:56

      WP, Guru is our friend.

  • WPBEFONK - 2011-06-15 07:47

    Not a lot of rugby players in AUS, so I'm not sure how this will change the rugby landscape in OZ. This is a CRUNCH weekend for the Sharks and Bulls. Bulls are in GREAT shape, but so is the SHARKS. And the boys from Druban wil definitely BEEF up their pack for this match. If I was Plum or a Sharks supporter, I would have selected this pack for saturday 1. Beast 2. Bismarck 3. Jannie(if fit) 4. Sykes 5. Hargreaves 6. Kegan 7. Jean 8. Willem. This pack will definitely DONNER up the Blue Bulls. And by the time Kanko arrives on the field he can run CIRCLES around POOR Spies and the other guys. I can FEEL a Sharks win, but it will be VERY TOUGH. Good luck to BOTH teams, but GO SHARKS GO!!!!!

      Die Skurk - 2011-06-15 08:09

      Bra is ge absoluut gef@k in jou kop, nadat die bulle die stormers en shars so verneder het op hulle tuisvelde, en die feit dat die laaste game vir baie van die senior spelers is op loftus, dink jy regtig die bulls sal eweskielik net gaan le? Jy moet maar WAKKER word en besef die stormers GAAN NIE die supper 15 wen nie! Ek hoop die stormers sien hul gatte teen die leeus.

      Die Skurk - 2011-06-15 08:12

      *cheetahs

  • Hannes van der Linde - 2011-06-15 09:05

    RASSIE!!! Waar's jou checkboek!!!

  • KingSmurf - 2011-06-15 09:56

    Skurk Die Stormers mag dalk nie die S15 wen nie, maar die Bulls gaan nie eers naby aan die finale kom nie!! Een swak lynstaan was al verskil tussen die Bulls en die Stormers laas Saterdag. Bulls se go is uit na hulle ver bo hul vermoe moes speel om die Stormers te wen. Stormers weer het slegs teen so 70% van hul potensiaal gespeel, vele balle genock en lynstane verbrou, en steeds kon die Bulls met net 3 punte wen!! En as ek reg onthou het ons julle op Loftus met meer as 10punte gewen??

  • StBad - 2011-06-15 12:39

    20 years old and 27 International Caps... makes all of our personal achievements seem pretty insignificant! Talented player, deserves cred!

  • Dries Badenhorst - 2011-06-15 12:43

    Bring him to Cape Town!!!!!

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