Sunday 24 September 2017

O'Connor seeking inside knowledge

THE roof on the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne will remain closed for Saturday night's second Test match between Australia and the Lions.

Rain is not forecast between now and kick-off time, but the decision has been taken to enclose the stadium.

It will be a new experience for Wallaby out-half James O'Connor and the 22-year-old has sought advice on playing indoors from Aus$12m-rated Rules star Lance Franklin.

The Hawthorn player, who is rated as the best forward in the AFL, is renowned for his accuracy with the boot and is being pursued by Sydney Swans in a potential deal that has rocked the AFL.

It is being reported that Franklin is being offered $12m for a six-year deal with the Swans.

The Etihad Stadium's surface has cut up in some recent AFL games and O'Connor is making the most of his friendship with Franklin to gain some advice about playing indoors.

Playing in an enclosed stadium will not unduly affect the Welsh players in the Lions team. They are used to playing under a closed roof in the Millennium Stadium.

Irish Independent

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