British and Irish Lions lock Paul O’Connell was ruled out of the remaining two matches of the Test rugby series against Australia with a broken arm. Wallabies backs Digby Ioane and Pat McCabe are also out as the teams assess the fallout from the opening game.
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.
The British and Irish Lions picked a prop who wasn’t in the original squad among eight Test newcomers for the combined team in its rugby series opener against Australia, which selected three rookies of its own.
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.
Australia rallied for the second straight week in the Rugby Championship to beat Argentina 23-19 and move into second place behind New Zealand, which extended its lead with a 21-11 win against South Africa.