James O’Connor’s contract at Toulon will not be renewed, the club has admitted in recent weeks, and the mercurial back has been left searching for a new home.
He had hoped to return to Australia with one eye on the 2019 World Cup but his arrest last month in Paris for cocaine possession proved to be in the nail in the coffin for the 26-year-old.
However, it appears the former London Irish player found the move he desperately needed with The Rugby Paper reporting that O’Connor is currently finalising a deal with Worcester Warriors. The report adds the Wallaby had previously held preliminary talks with Bristol.
The arrival of O’Connor could represent a much-needed boost for Worcester with the side currently languishing in eleventh place in the Aviva Premiership. Carl Hogg’s side have picked up just 4 wins this season and are skirting dangerously close to relegation. Like Ian Madigan at Bristol, O’Connor could potentially join a club recently dropped into the RFU Championship.
O’Connor was arrested last month by plainclothes police officers while buying cocaine with former All Black Ali Williams who is set to be fired by Racing 92 from his role as a media advisor for Dan Carter.
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