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    O'Connor faces six-week layoff

    2012-04-23 09:47

    Melbourne - Wallabies utility back James O'Connor has a lacerated liver and faces a six-week layoff that threatens his availability for mid-year Tests against Wales and Scotland.

    O'Connor will spend several days in a Sydney hospital receiving treatment for the injury he suffered while playing for the Rebels at the weekend against the Waratahs.

    The 21-year-old was accidentally kneed by Australia and Waratahs flyhalf Berrick Barnes as they contested possession. He is unlikely to play before the Rebels' June 1 clash with the Brumbies, leaving him in doubt for the Wallabies' first home Test of the season against Scotland four days later.

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