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Cheika placing faith in O'Connor

8th August 2019, 15:21 by Bobbie Jackson

Michael Cheika says utility back James O'Connor has earned his faith ahead of returning to the starting XV for Australia.

The 29-year-old will start his first Test for the Wallabies in six years when they take on southern hemisphere rivals New Zealand in Saturday's Rugby Championship finale.

He made an appearance off the bench in the 16-10 victory over Argentina a couple of weeks ago and will get the chance to prove he is worthy of a starting role this weekend.

O'Connor will start at centre for the first time at Test level and Cheika feels he can add a different dimension as they continue to build towards the World Cup.

Cheika said: "I think James will present something different, something we haven't seen, so something our opponents haven't seen, either.

"He's gone well in training and I'm looking forward to seeing him out there. I haven't known him much but since he's come into the squad, he's made me have faith in him."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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