O’Conor to bring familiar talents to Vallis Way
Ealing Trailfinders have signed Piers O’Conor for the 2017-18 season, a player who will be very familiar to fans of the Vallis Way outfit.
O’Conor arrives from Wasps, where he was part of the academy, but it is his appearances while on loan to Bedford Blues that will live longest in the memory for Ealing Trailfinders’ fans.
This season the 21-yar-old scored the Blues’ opening try in Ealing Trailfinders’ 29-16 win at Goldington Road, while last year he scored in try in both Bedford victories – 23-21 at Vallis Way and 33-24 at Goldington Road.
The try this season came while he was playing outside centre, while the two last year came from fullback. He also has the ability to play wing.
“I'm delighted to be joining Ealing Trailfinders next season,” O’Conor said. “They are one of the most ambitious teams in the Championship with great facilities. They play an attacking style and with a lot of ambition that combined with the 3G pitch creates fast rugby and which suits my game.
“I'm looking forward to showing the supporters what I can do and play my part in what I hope will be another successful season.”
O’Conor scored 16 tries in 30 appearances for Bedford Blues and scored one try in the seven matches he played in for Wasps.
He was born in Sydney to an Australian mother and English father, but also qualifies to play for New Zealand and Ireland. They returned to England in 1998 and he played most of his early rugby in Sussex, for Eastbourne College, Lewes, Hove, and Heathfield and Waldron Colts, with whom he won the National U17 title.
O’Conor moved onto Worthing Raiders and won U19 honours for Ireland and 7s caps for England. Soon after he was signed from Wasps, who loaned him to Henley Hawks where he ran in five tries in 10 matches.
He has won 10 caps for England U20 and marked his debut with a try, away to Wales in Colwyn Bay.
“Piers has been one of the stand out performers in the Championship this season and has also performed well for Wasps in the Anglo-Welsh Cup,” Ealing Trailfinders Director of Rugby Ben Ward said.
“He has some outstanding attacking attributes and caused us a lot of problems when we have played against him this year. He has the ability to play at full back and also at 13 and I'm really excited about the qualities he will add to our backline next season.”