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O'Connor ends contract

Sunday, February 02, 2014

LONDON - London Irish have confirmed that James O'Connor will leave them at the end of this season after completing a six-month contract with the English Premiership club.

Irish say the Australia star has indicated a wish to play in the southern hemisphere's 2015 Super Rugby competition, building towards the World Cup later that year.

The Exiles believe such a scenario would only have allowed them to potentially secure fullback O'Connor's services on another short-team deal, which did not fit in with their future plans.

O'Connor, who joined Irish earlier this season, has also been strongly linked with a move to big-spending Heineken Cup holders Toulon, although the French heavyweights recently secured Wales international fullback Leigh Halfpenny's services from next season on a deal reportedly worth around STG700,000 ($A2.198m) annually.

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