James O'Connor rugby player
James O'Connor rugby player

James O'Connor

5th Jul 1990 1.80m/88kg Fly Half

In his debut season with the Force in 2008, O'Connor became Super Rugby’s youngest player at just 17 years of age. He debuted for the Wallabies later that year, becoming the second youngest Australian to pull on the famous gold jersey. In 2009, he became the first Wallaby to bag a hat trick of tries on his full run on debut.

He capped off that stellar season being named the Australian Rookie of the Year. At international level, James became the youngest Australian to reach 100 Test points. In doing so, he became the record holder for individual points scored in an away fixture, accumulating 29 against France.

O'Connor has had his problems off the field and spent some time abroad at London Irish and Toulon after losing his Wallaby contract. He resigned for the ARU and Reds for the 2015 season in hope of reigniting his Wallaby dream of playing for his national side again.

On 13 October, the QRU and Queensland Reds announced that O'Connor would be released from his contract effective immediately, meaning he would not play the 2016 Super Rugby season for the Reds and finish his 2-year contract.

O'Connor joined Toulon for the 2016/17 season and help the side to a Top14 final.

In June 2017, the 44 Test cap International signed for Aviva Premiership side Sale Sharks for the 2017/18 season.


(JW June 2017)

Career

sale-sharks Sale Sharks
Fullback
2017 - present
western-force Western Force
Inside Centre
2008 - 2011
rebels Melbourne Rebels
Inside Centre
2011 - 2013
australia Australia
Inside Centre
2008 - 2013
london-irish London Irish
Fly Half
2013 - 2014
reds Queensland Reds
Fly Half
2015 - 2015
ultimateRugby World XV
Fullback
2014 - 2015
toulon_rugby_logo RC Toulon
Fly Half
2014 - 2017