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London Irish confirm James O'Connor signing

Updated: Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 14:36 | Comments

James O'Connor: 'London Irish offered me an environment that I felt comfortable with'
James O'Connor: 'London Irish offered me an environment that I felt comfortable with'

London Irish have confirmed the signing of Australia international James O'Connor until the end of the season.

The Aviva Premiership side were widely expected to announce the capture of the Wallabies back, who will be looking to use the move as a means of forcing his way back into the national squad before the 2015 World Cup.

O'Connor is expected to make his debut for the Exiles in Sunday's clash against Northampton.

"Having decided that I needed a change from both a personal and playing point of view, I spoke to clubs in Japan and France and concluded that the best way forward for my development was to move to England," said the 23-year-old.

"Given that I've left my support network back in Australia, London Irish offered me an environment that I felt comfortable with."

O'Connor misdemeanours: 

2011: August - Suspended for one match and given a suspended fine after missing the Wallabies' official Rugby World Cup 2011 announcement.

2013: June - Photographed in a fast-food outlet in Melbourne at 4am with team-mate Kurtley Beale just three days before the crucial second British and Irish Lions Test match against Australia.

2013: July - Misses a Wallabies' team meeting after a defeat by the Lions at ANZ Stadium and also misses the team bus to training.
Released by Super Rugby side Melbourne Rebels, with the franchise stating they are "entering the next phase of development".

2013: August - Barred from taking an international flight and then removed from Perth Airport by Australian Federal Police following the Wallabies' win against Argentina after he is alleged to be "intoxicated".

October - Has his contract with the Australian Rugby Union terminated for disciplinary reasons.

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