James O’Connor stood down from Australia squad

Troubled utility back James O’Connor has been stood down from Australia duty by the ARU, after reports emerged this week that he had been too drunk to board a flight in Perth.

It is not O’Connor’s first disciplinary incident, with he and fellow troublemakers Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale repeatedly in the news for the wrong reasons over the past few seasons.

McKenzie said in a statement on Friday that O’Connor would be stood down for an indefinite amount of time ‘for failing to demonstrate and uphold the behavioural and cultural standards expected within the team’.

“We’re not getting the right type of behaviour from him,” McKenzie said. “There’s no doubt since I met with him prior to the start of [the Rugby Championship] he made incremental improvements, but he let himself down at the weekend.”

O’Connor does not deny being drunk, but reportedly blames a heated argument for his not being allowed on the flight.

What do you make of the ARU’s decision to stand him down? Is it the right call? You can read what we had to say about this yesterday by clicking here.

4 thoughts on “James O’Connor stood down from Australia squad

  1. This is a very bad decision. Given his disciplinary record, dropping him would be the best idea, but the fact that aussie rugby is having a very rough time at the moment and subsequently leaving out your best back and one of the most dangerous players on the field is ridiculous.

    Because the ARU and Link feel they have to prove they have the right ideas about team spirit and what not, they are influencing the chances of the wallabies.

    1. Agree with what you are saying but there comes a point where if you break the rules you’ve got to pay the price.

      Whoever it was they deserve to be kicked out but more so deserve the help to put things right personally then professionally.

      1. Granted, but then again, the things JOC did are hardly in the same league as his other “amigos”, yet he seems to be getting a lot more focus on him. I hope he can come good in his time out of the international set-up, perhaps make a change a la Quade Cooper. I really like how he plays, so I’d be dissapointed to never see him play international games again.

  2. I’m sure this will be a one game thing, and I agree with it. He made a mistake, ban him for a game, and then move on.

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