England decision ‘hard’ for O’Connor

Leicester Tigers flanker Brendon O'Connor admits it would be difficult to turn down the chance to play Test rugby for England.

The in-form openside has impressed in his first few months in English rugby following a move to the Premiership from Super Rugby.

O'Connor qualifies to play for England through his grandmother and lifted an U20 title with New Zealand before making the move north.

The 26-year-old knows that coming to a decision over such a huge opportunity would take some careful consideration if the chance arises.

"It would be a hard decision if that phone call did come," he told the Sunday Express.

"It would be tough to turn down the opportunity to play international rugby – it's the pinnacle, every young footie player's dream – but I would sit down and have a think about it.

"There would always be people who think it's the wrong thing to do; others would be okay with it. I'd have to think what is right and what is the best decision for me.

"Whatever decision I made, I'd want to go with it with no regrets," he said.