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    Johnny O’Conor to Conn.



    Reports have JOC being released from his contract at Wasps to head back toWest



    #2
    Yep, its confirmed. Very happy.

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      #3
      Is he still fit enough to play? Good siging for Wasps if he is 100%

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        #4
        Think he is ok physically, has justbeen a bit slow to recover his best form.

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          #5


          Originally posted by Bitter As A Lemon
          Is he still fit enough to play? Good siging for Wasps if he is 100%




          Good de-signing for Wasps if he isn't. [img]smileys/smile.gif[/img]
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            #6
            Thanx OD...[img]smileys/redface.gif[/img]

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                #8


                Irish star O’Connor edges closer to Connacht return
                <DIV =LeadPara>CONNACHT look to be winning a battle with the IRFU as they bid to become more than just a development side for Irish rugby. </DIV>
                <DIV =LeadPara>And amongst the signs they are in the ascendancy is the imminent announcement that Jonny O’Connor will return to the province from former Heineken Cup champions Wasps. </DIV>
                <DIV =TailParas>Everyone sang "dumb" yesterday — spokespeople from Wasps, Connacht or O’Connor himself were unwilling to comment. </DIV>
                <DIV =TailParas>But rumours in the west are too strong to ignore and word is that O’Connor will certainly be back in Galway for the start of next season. </DIV>
                <DIV =TailParas>After watching a player drain over the last four years, it’s a huge boost to see O’Connor come back after a similar period of time. </DIV>
                <DIV =TailParas>The Galway native will be back playing for Connacht at the start of next season after agreeing terms on a two-year deal. </DIV>
                <DIV =TailParas>Agreement has been reached between Connacht and Wasps to release O’Connor from the final year of his contract with the London club. </DIV>
                <DIV =TailParas>The 27-year-old left the Sportsground in 2003 when former Connacht and Irish coach Warren Gatland swooped to bring the promising flanker to Wasps. </DIV>
                <DIV =TailParas>By then, O’Connor had represented Ireland at various levels up to the A international grade and he won the first of his 12 caps after moving across the water. </DIV>
                <DIV =TailParas>He was an instant hit at Wasps, who captured the European Challenge Cup and Heineken Cup in successive years and took over from Leicester as the dominant force in English rugby. </DIV>
                <DIV =TailParas>A number of serious injuries robbed O’Connor the opportunity of featuring in some of their biggest outings, but he became a valued and popular player with Wasps. </DIV>
                <DIV =TailParas>O’Connor had indicated that he would like to return to Connacht at some stage but while he penned a two-year deal 12 months ago, there was a lot of movement in the background in recent months to get him home. </DIV>
                <DIV =TailParas>In the end Wasps agreed to release O’Connor from the final year of his contract and a deal has been reached to make him a Connacht player for the next two seasons. </DIV>
                <DIV =TailParas>O’Connor dispossessed England World Cup winner Paul Volley of the No 7 shirt at Wasps but since then has come under pressure from English international Tom Rees for the position. </DIV>
                <DIV =TailParas>O’Connor will hope that a return to Ireland will help him reclaim a place in the Irish squad as he bids to add to his dozen caps. </DIV>
                <DIV =TailParas>To add to the growing determination within Connacht that they should remain to the forefront of Irish and European rugby, his return is reported to be the first of a number of signings which, it is expected, Connacht will announce in the coming weeks. </DIV>
                <DIV =TailParas>At least one other former player is due to return to the Sportsground from the Guinness Premiership. </DIV>
                <DIV =TailParas>© Irish Examiner, 2007. Thomas Crosbie Media, TCH </DIV>
                Seas suas agus troid!

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                  #9
                  <DIV =storyer>
                  <H1>O'Connor returning to Connacht fold </H1>@@@@SPAN =storyDate>Wednesday, 28 February 2007 22:44@@@@/SPAN> </DIV>
                  <DIV =story><?:namespace prefix = rte ns = "urn:rte-search" /><rte:>


                  Connacht have received a huge boost with the news that flanker Johnny O'Connor is set to return to the province after four years with Wasps.


                  The Galway native will be back playing for Connacht at the start of next season after agreeing terms on a two-year deal.


                  Agreement has been reached between Connacht and Wasps to release O'Connor from the final year of his contract with the London club.
                  <DIV id=story_island></DIV>


                  The 27-year-old left the Sportsground in 2003 when former Connacht and Irish coach Warren Gatland swooped to bring the promising flanker to Wasps.


                  O'Connor was an instant hit as Wasps, who captured the European Challenge Cup and Heineken Cup in successive years, took over from Leicester as the dominant force in English rugby.


                  But a number of serious injuries have blighted O'Connor's progress in recent years.</rte:></DIV>

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                    #10


                    Great news, have known for a while though. it tempers the loss of warwick andhogan a little, but we will lose another frontline player soon.


                    hopefully with the popularity of rugby at the momentthe IRFU will show a greater commitment to Connacht

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                      #11


                      I've said it time and again but surely it is in the IRFU's best interests to hvae 4 full bore provinces instead of 3 and a half sides.


                      If they IRFU could entice the likes to Staunton, Duffy, D.Browne, Ginger fella etc back home it would be better for them. Also can't help but feel the IRFU missed a trick in not bringing Bracken home and keeping hold ofR.Hogan but maybe the forward intensity of the GP will stand them in better stead in the longterm.

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                        #12
                        Cheika reportedly tried to sign them but neither was interested.
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                          #13


                          Wonder who the other player is,Gavin Duffy you would have to think


                          I always liked him as a player,was hoping he might up up down here.
                          Shaqtastic...29 points

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                            #14

                            Originally posted by sewa
                            Cheika reportedly tried to sign them but neither was interested.
                            You'd have to wonder why, I doubt they're on massive money given the GP salary cap and they'd be better looked after here than in the GP, not to mention being higher up on the international radar.
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                              #15


                              Originally posted by Cathal
                              Originally posted by sewa
                              Cheika reportedly tried to sign them but neither was interested.
                              You'd have to wonder why, I doubt they're on massive money given the GP salary cap and they'd be better looked after here than in the GP, not to mention being higher up on the international radar.

                              Maybe they didnt fancy Leinsters style of play.They signed for an up the jumper ten man rugby team.
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