O’Connor to slot in at 12

James O’Connor has revealed that he will start at No 12 for the Rebels with Danny Cipriani the preferred flyhalf.

O’Connor enjoyed a good tour to the United Kingdom last November, producing a strong showing at flyhalf in the absence of injured Wallabies pivot Quade Cooper. He was expected to be installed at No 10 at his new Super Rugby franchise, and much has been made about the internal battle for the position between himself and the Englishman Cipriani.

On Wednesday, O’Connor said it was a matter of working together as a combination rather than competing for that one position.

‘I’ve made it no secret I want to be in the front-line so I guess that puts two positions out there in 10 and 12,’ O’Connor said. ‘That’s where I’ve been training so whatever’s best for the team.

‘In this team I can see myself playing 12 pretty nicely with Danny slotting into 10. There’s no doubt he’s a talent; he should be the No 10 for England.’

Cipriani has O’Connor’s full backing, but the latter is adamant that he will be taking the goal kicks for the Rebels.