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O'Connor kicks boots into flood relief

19/01/2011 04:58:46 PM Comments (0)

James O'Connor is auctioning off arguably the most important pair of Wallaby rugby boots in recent times in an effort to raise money for the Queensland flood appeal.

O'Connor has put forward the pair of boots he wore to kick Australia to victory against the All Blacks in Hong Kong late last year.

The Queensland native scored a try after the final siren and then converted from wide out at the Hong Kong International Stadium to secure a 26-24 win and break a 10-game losing streak against the Kiwis.

The 20-year-old Western Force star, who attended school in Brisbane and whose family lives on the Gold Coast, said he was moved to do what he could to help the many people suffering in his home state.

"When I was in Queensland over the Christmas break I found the boots in my cupboard and my brothers and parents said to keep them safe as they'd be worth something one day," O'Connor said.

"When I was thinking of what I could do to assist the flood relief the boots came to mind and hopefully there will be a few people keen to bid.

"My family are on the Gold Coast so they fortunately weren't affected but a lot of my close friends had homes completely destroyed and so I wanted to do something for them and the state.

"I hope that there are plenty of rugby fans, here and internationally, that are keen to give the boots a good home and can help raise more for such a great cause."

The auction is now live on eBay with all money raised to be donated to the Queensland Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.

RugbyWA have also lent their support with a commitment of $10,000 to the Queensland Rugby Union to help rebuild community rugby infrastructure destroyed during the crisis.

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