Wallabies winger James O’Connor was released from the last three months of his Australian Rugby Union contract two weeks after being suspended indefinitely for failing to meet the national team’s behavioral standards.
The Australian Rugby Union said it’s investigating an alleged incident in which Wallabies back James O’Connor was reported to have been escorted out of an airport terminal by police after being barred from a flight because he was intoxicated.
Australia captain James Horwill will miss his team’s next two Rugby Championship matches after injuring his hamstring in training, dealing a blow to the Wallabies’ chances of rebounding from back-to-back losses.
The British and Irish Lions moved to within one win of their first rugby series victory in 16 years by beating Australia 23-21 as Kurtley Beale missed a last-minute penalty that would have won the opener for the Wallabies.
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans named James O’Connor as his preferred playmaker in a 25-man squad to face the British and Irish Lions, while leaving the selection door open for the omitted Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale.