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O'Connor looks to return to Australia

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James O'Connor is in talks with the Queeensland Reds, as he looks to return to Australia and regain his place in the national side ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

The Reds, who have endured a disappointing season, have already made an offer for the former Wallaby, according to Fairfax Media.

Jim Carmichael, the Queensland Rugby Union chief executive explained to The Age: "I don't have a closed mind on anything. We're working through what we would call the deficiencies. There's a lot of pressure on us and we need to cop it on the chin, and just live in that pressure cooker at the moment without distracting people with who we may or may not sign."

If a deal is reached, O'Connor will be back playing Super Rugby at the start of the 2015/2016 season, in February. He will then have just under seven months to earn a spot in Australia's World Cup squad.

In July 2013 the Melbourne Rebels told the controversial outside back that they would not renew his contract after the 2012/13 season. Just three months later, O'Connor was released from his contract with the Australia Rugby Union (ARU).

While on international duty, O'Connor had racked up a long list on alcohol-induced infringements. The ARU eventually ran out of patience and terminated O'Connors contract, after he was thrown out of Perth airport and barred from flying because he was intoxicated, just hours after Australia's Rugby Championship win over Argentina, in September 2013.

Soon after releasing O'Connor, the ARU had clarified that he was free to negotiate with another Super Rugby side. Instead, O'Connor left Australia and to everyone's surprise, joined Aviva Premiership strugglers, London Irish on October 29.

But just 24 hours after the exile signed for Irish, he flew to the south of France to discuss a deal with Toulon. In December a deal was reached and O'Connor will now play out 2013 at the Stade Mayol.  

After scoring at hat-trick on his debut for Australia against Italy in 2008, O'Connor went on to win 44 caps for the Wallabies. But the ARU have made it very clear that he will have to improve his discipline before returning to the international set up. 

Soon after releasing O'Connor, Bill Pulver, the ARU chief executive told The Telegraph: "We would consider reviewing our position regarding a national contract for 2015 and beyond if we believe James' behaviour is consistent with the values associated with being a Wallaby."

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