10 Jun 2010

O'Connor stars in Australian Barbarians draw with England

12:35 pm on 10 June 2010

Almost a year to the day James O'Connor stunned the rugby world by scoring a Test hat-trick in his run-on debut, the teenage sensation demanded a return to Wallabies fullback duties with another three-try display.

Playing for the Australian Barbarians, O'Connor took just 48 minutes to put incumbent Kurtley Beale on notice by bagging 25 points in a brilliant individual display in a 28-all draw with England in Perth.

If Deans had already settled on Beale to retain his place in the No.15 jersey for Saturday night's Test against England, O'Connor's performance is sure to make him think again.

In scoring his hat-trick, and kicking four from five with the boot, the 19-year-old showed all the talent that had captivated the rugby fraternity last year when he stormed onto the international arena at 18.