Will Genia is willing to welcome James O'Connor to the Queensland Reds, but he says the self-exiled Aussie must come for the 'right reasons.'
Genia told The Courier-Mail, “If he was to come, it would have to be for the right reasons. From a cultural point of view that’s more important.
“We don’t want to just say yes to anybody and everybody."
Jim Carmichael, The Queensland Rugby Union chief executive has already admitted that the Reds are open to the possibility of signing O'Connor.
Genia, the Reds vice captain, does not question the O'Connor's ability, but he does want to be sure that he is committed to the clubs cause.
"He’s dominated at Super Rugby and Test level, so there’s no denying he’s a class player.
"If he wants to be part of the team and build for the future, then I’d be willing to welcome him with open arms,” said Genia.
The Melbourne Rebels and have already turned their back on the infamous former Wallaby. The struggling Reds may be his only way back into Super Rugby and the Australia set up.
But O'Connor is showing signs of reform, the London Irish director of rugby recently told The Telegraph, "not every young bloke makes all the right moves but, since he’s been here, he hasn’t put a foot out of line.
"I think we’ve probably provided some support that he needed. He’s definitely become a better player and a better person.”
But he will have to convince the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) that he is a changed man, if he wants to return to the Australian national side.
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