O’Connor boost for Rebels

The loss of flyhalf Danny Cipriani will be offset by the return of James O’Connor for the Rebels’ next match against the Highlanders.

Cipriani injured his hamstring in last week’s game against the Force. O’Connor missed that fixture with an injury of his own, but is expected to return for the coming game and fill the void at flyhalf.

Fullback Kurtley Beale, another star player who missed last week’s clash because of injury, is also likely to start against the Highlanders in Dunedin.