Former Wallaby James O'Connor snapped up by Sale
Troubled back James O'Connor has shelved plans to return to Australia and reclaim a Wallabies jersey in time for the 2019 World Cup after signing a three-year deal with English Premiership side Sale Sharks.
The 26-year-old, who played 44 tests and was starting against the British and Irish Lions during their 2013 tour, will cross from French glamour team Toulon for a second stint in England after playing with London Irish in 2013/14.
O'Connor told Australian media in February he was determined to return home and win a spot in Michael Cheika's team for the World Cup in Japan having had his Wallabies contract torn up in 2013 after a series of off-field transgressions.
Two weeks later, however, he was arrested by Paris police after buying cocaine with former All Blacks lock Ali Williams on a night out. He was later suspended by Toulon and his contract put under review.
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Sale Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said on their website he was delighted O'Connor was joining the side, who finished 10th in the 12-team Premiership's 2016/17 season.
"He is a world class versatile back that will add a lot to our game," he said.
"He has a lot of experience and is keen to show his international calibre."