Following from the controversy surrounding Wallaby and Rebels back Kurtley Beale, James O’Connor has said that his teammate and personal friend is on the road back to playing.
“I’ve been speaking to Kurtley a fair bit, he’s in a good head space,” O’Connor said in Sydney. “He’s training very hard. From all accounts he’s looking pretty fit.”
It’s been speculated to that the two are in contention for the Wallaby flyhalf role ahead of the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia.
“I’ve played 10 in that ball-playing role since I started playing rugby, even back to my rugby league days,” O’Connor said. “It’s sort of second nature to where I feel most comfortable.”
“[Kurtley] said he’s going to give me a run for my money in my skin folds.”
When speaking about what Wallaby coach Robbie Deans has planned, O’Connor added that he is a preferred playmaking option, but could also find himself on the end of the tries.
“My conversations with Robbie is he likes me in that 10 position and also on the wing,” O’Connor said.
“I feel very comfortable in both those positions.’