James O’Connor has torn a hamstring and is in doubt for the Wallabies’ opening Rugby Championship game against the All Blacks.
O’Connor aggravated an old injury when making his comeback to rugby last Friday, and it’s been confirmed that he will play no further part in the Rebels’ Super Rugby campaign. He faces up to two months on the sidelines, which means he is unlikely to be ready for Australia’s first Test on 18 August.
The Rebels could also be without Kurtley Beale for their first tour match against the Lions. Beale took a heavy knock in the match against the Reds and missed Sunday’s flight to South Africa. Beale will be reassessed on Tuesday and a final decision on his availability will be made.