Wallabies abroad: O'Connor to start for Toulon

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by Beth Newman

James O’Connor will play just his second game of the season for Toulon, against La Rochelle.

O’Connor featured in Toulon’s clash with Clermont last month, but has not played in the side since.

Liam Gill will start at openside for Toulon, while Former Waratahs and Brumbies back Matt Carraro, who recently inked a deal with the French side for the remainder of the season, will play at inside centre.

Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell arrived back in France this week, as he works his way back to full fitness.

Nic White will start at halfback for Montpellier in their clash with Castres.

It will be White’s final season under Jake White, with the South African ex-Brumbies mentor signalling his departure from the club, to be replaced by former Scotland coach Vern Cotter.

Adam Ashley-Cooper will be on the right wing for Bordeaux, with Luke Jones starting at lock against Brive.

Teams for remainder of the Top 14 clashes are yet to be announced.


Leroy Houston has been a standout for Bath in his short-term return. Photo: Getty ImagesLeroy Houston missed out on Bath’s 30-3 win over Sale on Saturday morning (AEDT), as he prepares for his Wallabies debut at Twickenham.

Greg Holmes and Dave Dennis will both start for Exeter in their match-up against Gloucester, Holmes at tighthead and Dennis at blindside flanker.

Former Wallabies skipper James Horwill will start at lock for the battling Harlequins as they look to notch a victory against Northampton.

Peter Betham will look to continue his recent run of form for Leicester, starting at outside centre for the Tigers against Worcester.


Berrick Barnes nabbed 15 points in Panasonic's win. Photo: Kenji DemuraBerrick Barnes has not been named in Panasonic’s side to face the NEC Green Rockets this afternoon, though capped Wallaby Daniel Heenan will start in the second row.

Scott Higginbotham will line up at number eight for the Green Rockets, with flyhalf Sam Norton-Knight named on the bench.

Digby Ioane will play on the left wing for Honda this weekend against the Toshiba Brave Lupus, with his side still searching for its first 2016-17 win.

Mark Gerrard will steer the Toyota Industries Shuttles from flyhalf against the Canon Eagles.

Wycliff Palu will run on at eight for the Toyota Verblitz, with Anthony Fainga’a at inside centre for Palu’s opponents, the Kintetsu Liners.