O'Connor off to Canberra?

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 10:58
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The rumours are building that Melbourne Rebels star James O'Connor could be leaving the battling franchise for the bright lights of the capital city and the Brumbies.

The rumours are building that Melbourne Rebels star James O'Connor could be leaving the battling franchise for the bright lights of the capital city and the Brumbies.

The Australian media has linked O'Connor with a move to the table-topping Brumbies, but he insists that he is unaware of these rumours.

"I've loved my time in Melbourne and at the moment I don't see any reason for leaving this place," O'Connor told AAP.

"There's a good group of guys. We're very tight. I've got a lot of friends here and I'm enjoying the organisation," the Rebels star added.

The Wallaby back has also come to the defence of their struggling coach, Damien Hill.

"I've got 100 per cent confidence in Damien Hill.

"All of the structures he's had this year have been spot on," O'Connor said.

He maintains that it is not the fault of the coach but of the players that has seen them battle so far this season.

The team has been surrounded by controversy after the dismissal of both Kurtley Beale and Cooper Vuna from their South African tour, after their 64-7 loss to the Sharks, when they got into a scuffle on the team bus.

The coach still feels that his side are doing the right things and it is just something slight that needs to change in order for them to click.

"This will kick on to be a very good club," Hill said.

"There are a lot of young players in this team coming through. The more adversity they go through and come out on the other side, the better the team will be. In any organisation the culture has got to come first.

"We are working very hard on it to get it right. And 95 per cent of the time we do get it right.

"Unfortunately, the five per cent of those times really has a big impact on the club and it does effect performance," Hill mentioned.

With only one win from their six matches played this season the pressure on coach Damien Hill is huge and the rumours about a top player like O'Connor leaving could very well be justified.

The Rebels take on fellow strugglers the Force this weekend and will be looking to the likes of O'Connor and Scott Higginbotham to spark them into life.

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Fri, 28 April 2017
Highlanders v Stormers 07h35 Dunedin
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 18h05 Cardiff
Edinburgh v Dragons 18h35 Myreside
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 RDS Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 27 | 22
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
Treviso v Edinburgh 21 | 6
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Reds 8 2 0 6 10
Force 7 2 0 5 9
Waratahs 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 7 1 1 5 7
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 8 0 0 36
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Chiefs 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 8 5 0 3 23
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 8 6 0 2 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 10
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 5
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 8 7 0 1 32
Sharks 8 5 1 2 24
Jaguares 8 4 0 4 20
Kings 8 2 0 6 10