JAMES O’CONNOR EAGER TO TEST OUT NEW KICKING SKILLS
Wallabies star James O’Connor has been working with School of Kicking’s Dave Alred during the lockdown to take his kicking to the next level.
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Dr Dave Alred MBE is well known for his expertise in performance coaching and has over thirty years of experience mentoring kickers towards the very peak of their game.
O’Connor explains: “I have wanted to improve my kicking for a while and have been working with kicking coach Dave Alred, who has worked with the likes of Jonny Wilkinson, Jonathan Sexton and Beauden Barrett. It’s been pretty incredible working with Dave two to three times a week over six weeks.”
O’Connor broke onto the international scene at a young age, becoming the youngest player to ever take part in a Super Rugby game back in 2008. He was also the second youngest player capped by Australia and the youngest player to score a hat-trick in a test match on his debut for the Wallabies.
The versatile Wallaby also spent some time overseas with London Irish and French giants Toulon before moving back to Australia to reignite his Super Rugby career.
During his international career he racked up 223 points for Australia including 14 tries, 39 conversions and 25 penalty kicks.
O’Connor, now 29 reflects on his earlier years: “When I was 20, I thought I knew the game of rugby and had a finished product. Now I’m a student of the game and am itching to test out the new skills I have picked up.”
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