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O'Connor fit for Exiles farewell

07th May 2014 08:40

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Final bow: James O'Connor

James O'Connor is expected to feature for London Irish in their final game of the season this weekend after recovering from injury.

O'Connor tweaked a hamstring last month and has missed Irish's last two matches against Northampton Saints and Gloucester, both defeats.

The Wallaby international is set to join Toulon on a short-term deal before returning to Super Rugby in time for the Rugby World Cup.

During his time with Irish, O'Connor has scored 93 points in 13 appearances, including one try in the win over Worcester back in January.

Irish will also welcome back Blair Cowan and Ofisa Treviranus after both missed the fixture at Kingsholm.

"We felt we could not afford to take guys who were banged up. The boys were very sore and the medical staff were quite hesitant (about them playing) and we decided it would be in everybody's best interests to give them a break and make sure they came back for the last game firing," Smith told getReading.

"We picked a big pack to play Gloucester to try to maul and drive them into the ground, but we only got five lineouts so it didn't turn out that way.

"Blair and Ofisa are more mobile and you can play a high-tempo game at Madejski Stadium because the conditions are so good.

"I am expecting it to be a high-tempo game and it will depend on the durability and quality of each teams' defences as to whether they can keep the score down.

"We certainly want to give our supporters something to cheer. We have been talking about giving the youngsters a go and making sure our supporters get value for money. We won't be shoving the ball up our shirts."

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