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Cheika to bring back in from the cold

22nd July 2019, 14:12 by Simon Barlow

James O'Connor is tipped to end a six-year international exile when the Wallabies meet Argentina in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

The former Sale Sharks star could be named in Michael Cheika's Test side to play the Pumas at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane with the coach coy about his selection plans for the game when questioned on Monday.

Cheika confirmed that some changes to the side that lost 35-17 to South Africa were possible as he and the selectors hone their squad make up in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup.

"There'll be a few more opportunities, based on what we think tomorrow with the selectors," Cheika said.

"Maybe some guys will get an opportunity. We might try to keep some pairings together, we'll just see how it pans out."

O'Connor has returned Down Under to sign for Queensland Reds and his two-and-a-half-year nationally topped-up contract suggests the Wallabies are ready to recall the 44-cap player.

Cheika said he was happy with O'Connor's progress after assessing him in training before the Johannesburg defeat, but was still forming an opinion on the best way to use the 29-year-old.

"He's been with us, he's training really well, he's reintegrated really well, and he wouldn't be with us if we didn't want to give him a chance at some stage. It's a question of when we decided to do that whether it's this week or in the coming weeks," Cheika said.

"He can play multiple positions so that gives him a plus without a doubt around where he can play in any side, whether he's a finisher or in the starting team and in the squad as a whole."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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