Lions lock Paul O’Connell is set to exit the British and Irish Tour of Australia due to injury, putting an end to his Lions career.
The Lions announced that both O’Connell and Alex Corbisiero (calf) are in doubt – O’Connell reporting to have suffered a broken bone in his hand, with confirmation expected shortly. Lions media would only refer to the injury as an ‘arm injury’.
English lock Geoff Parling was set to skipper the Lions against the Rebels in the upcoming match on Tuesday, but he may now withdraw to prepare for the Test match against the Wallabies in Melbourne on Saturday.
Ireland prop Tom Court has been called up to the Lions side to cover for Corbisiero.
Court happened to be visiting Brisbane to see his family after Ireland’s tour of North America. He comes for Corbisiero, who “continues to be treated and assessed” according to the Lions.
The Ulster forward will join up with the squad on Monday and go straight on to the replacements’ bench for Tuesday’s game against the Melbourne Rebels in place of Makovina Vunipola, who has been withdrawn.
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