Wallabies lose O’Connor

James O’Connor has lost his battle to recover from injury in time for the Wallabies’ June internationals.

O’Connor suffered a lacerated liver in a match against the Waratahs in late April, but the Wallabies’ selectors had hoped he would be fit for selections for Tests against Scotland and Wales. However, O’Connor confirmed his unavailability on Twitter, saying: ‘Disappointing result-Liver healing very nicely jst [sic] going to run out of time…if only I had a couple more weeks up my sleeve.’

Australia’s other big injury concern, flyhalf Quade Cooper, made a solid return to action for the Reds at the weekend. He was substituted at half-time but the Reds confirmed that it was a pre-planned move in a bid to carefully manage his re-introduction.