O'Connor hamstrung by injury

2012-07-02 07:53

Sydney - Australia back James O'Connor is an injury doubt for the Wallabies first match of the inaugural Rugby Championship after tearing a hamstring while playing for the Melbourne Rebels in a Super Rugby fixture at the weekend.

The 21-year-old was returning from more than a month on the sidelines with liver and hamstring injuries and, playing at flyhalf, showed glimpses of why many consider him one of the most dangerous backs in rugby.

His involvement came to an end early in the second half, however, with the injury ruling him out of the Rebels' touring party for their last two matches of the season in South Africa.

O'Connor faces up to two months on the sidelines and must be considered a doubt for Australia's first match of the Rugby Championship against world champions New Zealand in Sydney on August 18.

Fellow Rebel Kurtley Beale also took a knock in last Friday's defeat to the Reds and missed Sunday's flight to South Africa.

The versatile back, who missed the first two of Australia's three wins over Wales in June, would be assessed by medical staff on Tuesday before a decision was made on whether he joined the Rebels in South Africa, the team said in a release.

The Rugby Championship replaces the Tri-Nations with Argentina joining Australia, New Zealand and South Africa for the first time in the southern hemisphere's annual tournament.


  • Boereroo - 2012-07-02 08:57

    Bad luck mate. Awesome talent. Speed, agility, solid defence, vision, mesmerising stepping, accurate goal kicker. Can't wait for the rugby challenge. Had enough of S15 now.

  • gsaker1 - 2012-07-02 09:04

    Well that is disappointing for him but I have to say that Australia - unless there is a rapid change - will struggle in the Championship. On that subject, Argentina has be rallying for a long time to be included in the South Hemisphere competition and then announces that they will serve us up a B-Team with the European Clubs refusing to release players - what a friggen joke - The IRB needs to address this and right now not in the never ending five year plan as right now the IRB has about a much clout as the IRC who are completely dictated to by India - who's in charge of these games, the federations, and ruling bodies or the people with the most money like India, European Football Clubs, and Television? And who get screwed? The fans every time, without which there would be no damn game period!

  • mvw74 - 2012-07-02 09:14

    Good news for the Stormers..

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