The clock is ticking on James O’Connor’s hopes of leading the Wallabies around Suncorp Stadium against the French on July 7.
O’Connor injured his groin a fortnight ago at training and has still not recovered completely yet.
It’s a frustrating setback because after working alongside Dave Alred — the man who helped elevate Jonny Wilkinson to the summit of the rugby world — O’Connor felt ready to command the No.10 jersey for the Wallabies.
“I’d credit a big part of my game, my development to Dave,” O’Connor tells foxsports.com.au.
“His ability to breakdown a skill and rebuild it is second to none.
“It’s allowed me to have a lot more time in my game.
“He’s just taught me to play a bit calmer, so I can still play at the line hard, fast and sharp, but also be able to flow back, sit back in the pock, get the ball to space, scan the field a bit better and on top of…