Reds and Australia back James O'Connor has spoken about how "little injuries" prevented him from hitting top form in Super Rugby this season.
O'Connor returned to Australia with the Reds after playing overseas with London Irish and Toulon.
Having been playing non-stop since last August with the beginning of the Top 14, the impact of such a long season appeared to take its toll on O'Connor throughout the Reds' woeful campaign.
O'Connor failed to cross the try-line for his new side through 12 matches but is now set for a well-earned rest to get himself healthy before the work begins to make the Wallabies squad for the Rugby World Cup.
“It’s been frustrating many times feeling that I wasn’t performing at the level I’m capable of because of little injuries,” O’Connor told the The Courier Mail.
“I didn’t have my full speed off the mark at times or I felt at 80 percent (because of calf, groin or knee problems) but I always wanted to be out there playing.
“Having some time to get my body right is great."