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Jones unconvinced by O'Connor hype

28th June 2014 21:54


James OConnor Australia

Not the one: James O'Connor

Former Australia coach Eddie Jones has stated that James O'Connor "has no track record for making his teams win."

O'Connor is set to return to Australia next year to compete in Super Rugby before the Rugby World Cup.

Regarded as a world class talent, Jones isn't convinced that O'Connor can actually help sides win matches.

O'Connor has been heavily linked with the Reds, but Jones is unconvinced that the 23-year-old will give the Queensland outfit what they need.

''As good a player as O'Connor is, he has no track record for making his teams win,'' Jones told Reuters.

''The Western Force, Melbourne Rebels and London Irish were low end of the table teams and the Wallabies were not appreciably improved with O'Connor in the ranks.

''He is a fantastic, instinctive runner and kicks goals so he does clearly have plusses.

''The Reds have enough small players which gets back to my recruitment point that they badly need some effective size.

''They continually chat about the trophy of 2011 with justified pride but it's time to move on and develop a new team to challenge for silverware.

''Richard Graham is a fine, young coach with good values.

''He can now recruit the players he needs and I'm sure he has been working at that behind the scenes.

''Every crisis brings an opportunity and this one is for Graham to put his mark on the squad and show us some shrewd recruits.''

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