Shocked James O'Connor vows to improve for London Irish

Shocked O'Connor vows to improve
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James O'Connor admits his surprise at the pace of the Aviva Premiership after his debut loss for London Irish.

James O'Connor has insisted that he can do better for London Irish and admitted his surprise at the rapid pace of the Aviva Premiership.

The Australian international joined the club last week until the end of the campaign and put in an impressive debut, but he could not prevent his new employers from slipping to a 14-19 defeat at the hands of Northampton Saints at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday.

"The speed of the game was very surprising," O'Connor told reporters. "I thought Super Rugby was fast but I was really blowing out there, that's for sure.

"It felt great. The club and all the boys have been awesome since I arrived and I am really looking forward to my time here.

"I didn't feel 100% and can get better. I wanted to perform. It was one of the best pitches I have played on. It was just a shame we could not get the win."

London Irish travel to face Newcastle Falcons in the LV Cup on Sunday.

James O'Connor poses for a portrait after a press conference to announce his signing for London Irish rugby club on October 29, 2013
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