Shute Shield: James O’Connor Set For West Harbour Debut

by Paul Cook - Four weeks ago, James O’Connor stood on the threshold of orchestrating a piece of history for both himself and for the Wallaby side he had been entrusted to guide around the paddock. Victory over the British & Irish Lions at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium would have sealed a memorable series win over the tourists and gone some way towards validating coach Robbie Deans’ faith in O’Connor in the pivotal flyhalf role. We all know what happened next. Today, he starts his first game since that 41-16 mauling by the Lions (he came off the bench for the Melbourne Rebels a week later) as he makes his debut for West Harbour in Sydney’s Shute Shield club rugby competition. Geographically speaking, he will be less than 6 kilometres up the Parramatta Road from the location of that fateful night
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