JOC shift a boost for Lions hopes

By on April 11, 2013

James O'Connor

Sure change … O’Connor’s move to fly half should please Robbie Deans. Source: AAP

James O’Connor’s possibilities of being the Wallabies’ playmaker in opposition to the British and Irish Lions had been boosted with the help of a transformation to five-eighth for Melbourne Rebels.

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After a couple of weeks of requires the transfer, Rebels educate Damien Hill switched O’Connor from fullback to five-eighth for Saturday’s Super Rugby dwelling conflict with Southern Kings.

It supposed relegating teen Angus Roberts to the bench after he’d carried out throughout the No.10 shirt taking into consideration the fact that Wallabies incumbent Kurtley Beale was injured then suspended indefinitely to handle non-public considerations.

In The one different change to the beginning body of workers following last weekend’s 30-23 bonus point victory over Western Force in Perth, Cooper Vuna returns to the wing after coming again by way of the bench from his one-healthy suspension for his bust-up with Beale.

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Lachlan Mitchell returns from harm to the bench, but the Rebels resisted rushing back skipper Gareth Delve from harm, with a bye following Saturday night’s suit.

“It was a superior effectivity in Perth and we really feel now we have obtained an highly balanced Aspect with James at 10 this weekend,” mentioned Hill.

“Angus is continuous to improve at this membership as are (fellow young bench avid gamers) Jordy Reid and Nic Stirzaker.”

Hill used to be once justifiably cautious of competitors rookies the Kings following their upset win over the Brumbies on the weekend.

“it is a very spirited Southern Kings outfit with an excellent chief in Andries Strauss, we all know what they are capable of,” talked about Hill.

“many people with regards to the Kings wouldn’t have viewed final week’s end result towards the Brumbies as a shock.”

Full squad: Richard Kingi, Jason Woodward, Mitch Inman, Rory Sidey, Cooper Vuna, James O’Connor, Nick Phipps, Scott Higginbotham (capt), Scott Fugistaller, Luke Jones, Caderyn Neville, Hugh Pyle, Paul Alo-Emile, Ged Robinson, Nic Henderson. Res: Shota Horie, Laurie Weeks, Jordy Reid, Jarrod Saffy, Nic Stirzaker, Lachlan Mitchell, Angus Roberts.

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