O’Connor, Cooper to team up at Toulon

Date published: May 27 2015

If Toulon president Mourad Boujdellal is to be believed, Reds team-mates James O'Connor and Quade Cooper will be reunited in France later this year.

Confirmation that Cooper will honour the two-year deal he signed with the triple European champions is expected within the next fortnight while Boudjellal insists that O'Connor has agreed to return to the French club after Rugby World Cup.

Boudjellal's comments tie in with what Top 14 giants have always said would be the plan for the O'Connor, although the Reds claimed the versatile back had arrived for two years at the start of the current Super Rugby season.

"We always said James O’Connor had signed for three years at Toulon with a possible six months absence during the season to be able to play in the World Cup. He is committed for two years after the Cup," Boudjellal said back in September.

This week the millionaire club owner confirmed that he expected the 24-year-old back in the Var after the World Cup while discussing his team's back-three options in the future.

"James O'Connor has confirmed that he is returning next season and with Drew Mitchell, Bryan Habana and Tuisova, we are sorted," he said.