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I'll learn from mistakes - O'Connor

James O'Connor has some regrets from the recent British and Irish Lions series but has vowed to change his ways in order to remain in the Australia fold.

O'Connor caused a stir when he and Kurtley Beale made an early-morning trip to a fast-food outlet three days out from the second Test, while the duo also missed the bus for the Wallabies' final training session before the series decider.

The 23-year-old's performances at fly-half were also the subject of criticism, and O'Connor admits his entire Lions experience was "tough".

"If I could go back I definitely would change situations and things that happened but I guess the reality is I can't," he said. "All I can do is just take the advice I've been given and just knuckle down and work hard.

"That's why I've come into this camp with an open mind (in terms of) the position (I'll be) playing, and I guess with everything."

Asked if he feels he has to win back the respect of his team-mates in the coming months, O'Connor, who is expected to be named on the wing for Saturday's Bledisloe Cup blockbuster against New Zealand, replied: "When we came in (new coach) Ewen (McKenzie) made it pretty clear, the standards, and what we had to do if we wanted to be a Wallaby and keep on playing and pulling on that gold jersey.

"And for me personally that's all I want to do so there is definitely things that I already have changed and am in the process of doing.

"I guess they're sort of personal things and it's not an easy process - it's just about moving forward and the end goal is I want to keep playing and just be out on that field."

O'Connor added of McKenzie's decision to select him as a winger-fullback for the upcoming Rugby Championship: "We had a face-to-face sit-down and chatted about it. We talked through a lot of things and that was one of them.

"I've been in that position before, I've played a lot of different positions and I've spent most of my time at Test football out wider.

"So I guess looking at the Lions series, we weren't successful there, so it wasn't too big a shock."

Unwanted by the Melbourne Rebels, O'Connor will worry about securing a Super Rugby contract after the second Bledisloe fixture in Wellington on Saturday week.

"Honestly I'm not even thinking about that at all," he said.

"I was after the Lions, but as soon as I came into camp that's not a focus of mine.

"Obviously I want to get a contract sorted out but I've left that to the people that I trust to negotiate and do that sort of stuff for me.

"So that's what I've told them. The next two weeks I don't even want to hear from them - I've got to focus on rugby and earn my way into this team. In two weeks, I guess we can talk then."

From Belfast Telegraph