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.