Rebels give O’Connor the boot
- 07 Jul 2013
The Melbourne Rebels have not offered Wallabies flyhalf James O'Connor a Super Rugby contract for 2014.
The Rebels made the announcement just hours after Australia's 41-16 loss to the Lions in Sydney.
'After three years in Super Rugby, the club is entering the next phase of development,' Rebels chief executive Rob Clarke said in a statement. 'I am very confident of our player recruitment strategies which continue to identify some excellent emerging talent. This group will provide the platform for continual improvement, both on and off the field.'
O'Connor has struggled with injuries during his two-season stint in Melbourne, and has repeatedly found himself in trouble off the field, most recently when he was out with Kurtley Beale at 4am, just days before the second Test against the Lions.
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