I'll give O'Connor direction – Smith
London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith is ready to give James O'Connor the guidance he needs to resurrect a career marred by repeated misdemeanors.
Smith, who regards O'Connor as the most "significant signing" in the club's 115-year history, said: "In life you have to take people as you find them.
"The first conversation with James was the most important one for me because I wanted to know was this kid the same kid that I was reading about from Generation Y? I didn't buy into that because young men are the same whether they're from my generation, my father's generation or this generation. They're ambitious but sometimes need direction."