O’Connell, Corbisiero in Lions tour injury doubts: reports

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    Paul O'Connell is the only centurion in an Ireland squad boasting 1043 caps. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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    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to the replacements’ bench for Tuesday’s game against the Melbourne Rebels in place of Makovina Vunipola, who has been withdrawn.

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    • June 23rd 2013 @ 9:49pm
      Worlds biggest said | June 23rd 2013 @ 9:49pm | ! Report

      If this is accurate then what a shame for a giant of the game.

    • June 23rd 2013 @ 10:49pm
      colvin said | June 23rd 2013 @ 10:49pm | ! Report

      So this is why Horwill was cited.

    • June 23rd 2013 @ 10:52pm
      Billy Bob said | June 23rd 2013 @ 10:52pm | ! Report

      I thought the same thing Colvin

      • June 24th 2013 @ 12:43am
        expathack said | June 24th 2013 @ 12:43am | ! Report

        Me as well.

        Speaks volumes of the fear levels in the Lions camp. Running them so close in a game we should have lost easily has spooked them. There was an interview after the game with BOD where he was literally shocked that they hadn’t put us away and we still had a kick to win at the end.

        Gutted for O’Connell if he is out, though. Such a great player. Physically gifted and hard as nails. I love the passion he brings to the game as well. The very model of what a Lions Forward should be.

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          June 24th 2013 @ 12:58am
          Poth Ale said | June 24th 2013 @ 12:58am | ! Report

          Horwill wasn’t cited by the Lions. He was cited by the citing commissioner.

          However, since he’s been now cleared, it’s much of a muchness.

      • June 24th 2013 @ 7:21am
        ohtani's jacket said | June 24th 2013 @ 7:21am | ! Report

        The three if you should be cited for making embarrassments of yourselves.

        • June 24th 2013 @ 8:54am
          colvin said | June 24th 2013 @ 8:54am | ! Report

          Pot, strictly speaking you are right. But he was cited after Gatland filed a request to the citing commissioner.

          Ohtani, the problem with life is that there are so many people out there that will do any thing to get an advantage. Gatland may have put in his request to get Horwill out anyway, irrespective of the need to even things up if they lose O’Connell. After all he did the same to Dan Carter a few years ago, on a so-called high tackle.

          But you can be sure that he would do what he could to even things up if he was to lose O’Connell.

          Anyway I don’t mind being cited.

          • June 24th 2013 @ 11:04am
            ohtani's jacket said | June 24th 2013 @ 11:04am | ! Report

            It doesn’t matter what Gatland’s motivations were, there is a procedure in place for teams to refer incidents to the citing commissioner and if the citing commissioner thinks there’s a case to be had then it can be brought up before the judiciary. Horwill then has the right to a defence, and if we’re going to question the motivations of Lions management in referring the incident to the CC then you have to also question the defence and whether their claims of it being accidental or unintentional are truthful.

            • June 24th 2013 @ 11:44am
              colvin said | June 24th 2013 @ 11:44am | ! Report

              Yes, but what’s interesting about the procedure is that some teams/coaches make a play on this procedure to get the best possible outcome for themselves, ala Gatland with Carter.

              You may have noticed that the ABs coaches leave it to the citing commissioner to identify incidents, i.e. the citing commissioner has a job to do and he has a time frame to do it. The ABs coaches don’t in practice refer incidents.

              It leaves a slightly sour taste when one team reports another (to the headmaster).

              My opinion only.

              But I also believe this would be one reason why Gatland would never be appointed as ABs head coach, one of his big ambitions.

              • June 24th 2013 @ 11:59am
                ohtani's jacket said | June 24th 2013 @ 11:59am | ! Report

                What did Gatland gain from Carter being suspended? Carter missed the Italy test, which he probably wouldn’t have played in anyway. What Gatland wanted was the penalty or possibly even yellow card, which Joubert didn’t give at the time. In any case, I don’t recall Wales referring the incident to match commissioner. Regardless of their post-match blow up, it was seen by everyone in the stadium and created an uproar at the time. Horwill’s deft piece of ballet went unnoticed until the citing.

              • June 24th 2013 @ 3:55pm
                colvin said | June 24th 2013 @ 3:55pm | ! Report


                What Gatland gained was an excuse for losing. He made out he wanted a yellow and a penalty in a close run match. Edwards said Carter could have got a red. (What rubbish). Personal interest is always behind what Gatland does and says. He complains constantly after matches his teams have lost.

                You’re right I think. I don’t think Gatland actually filed a request to the citing commissioner but he and Edwards kicked up such a public stink that the commissioner had another look at it and cited Carter for a handbags at dawn tackle which was slightly high.

                Ohtani, it’s a tough old world out there. Self interest is a very motivating force for many people. Could you imagine the noise if the Lions had lost last Saturday.

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      June 23rd 2013 @ 11:17pm
      Poth Ale said | June 23rd 2013 @ 11:17pm | ! Report

      Major advantage swing to Australia if both O’Connell and Corbisiero are out.

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        June 24th 2013 @ 12:59am
        jeznez said | June 24th 2013 @ 12:59am | ! Report

        Agree. Would make a huge impact for the forward battle.

    • June 24th 2013 @ 1:35am
      expathack said | June 24th 2013 @ 1:35am | ! Report

      He was referred by the Lions.

      If they hadn’t have done so he wouldn’t have appeared before the commission. There was no referral by matchday officials.

      When the complaint was made at the same time as the Lions losing O’Connell it starts to look more than a little cynical.

      The Wallabies won’t be unhappy with what has happened. The first real open show of fear from Lions camp.

      • June 24th 2013 @ 3:12am
        Pabs said | June 24th 2013 @ 3:12am | ! Report

        Have you actually watched the video of him stamping. It’s a shocking decision to clear him.

        • June 24th 2013 @ 5:24am
          expathack said | June 24th 2013 @ 5:24am | ! Report

          Yes I have mate.

          And unless he’s got x-ray vision capable of seeing through 3 bodies, there is no way he could have seen AWJ’s head from the position he was in.

          If you just focus on the foot it looks ugly, and that was my initial impression as well. But if you look at the whole picture it’s just unlucky.

          Its also completely different from the Thompson case last year. In that instance he was entering the ruck and you could see he had a clear view of the guy on the ground.

          • June 24th 2013 @ 11:15am
            Jereme Lane said | June 24th 2013 @ 11:15am | ! Report

            It doesn’t look good ill admit but you have to give horwill the benefit of the doubt. If you suspend him you re suspending him only on what has happened to wyn jones not on whether its deliberate or not. If we are going to start suspending everyone who’s boot touches another players face than we re getting soft

      • June 24th 2013 @ 5:54am
        Colin N said | June 24th 2013 @ 5:54am | ! Report

        The Lions can’t refer an incident. They can bring something up with the citing commisioner but it is his decision to then ‘cite’ him.

        P.S. You do know that match officials don’t cite players, it is up to an individual who sits in the stands and reviews the game?

        • June 24th 2013 @ 7:40am
          expathack said | June 24th 2013 @ 7:40am | ! Report

          Fail to see the distinction between the Lions bringing something to the attention of the Citing Comissioner and “referring” it to the Citing Comissioner

          Unless you’re a boring pedant arguing semantics.

          • June 24th 2013 @ 9:02am
            Colin N said | June 24th 2013 @ 9:02am | ! Report

            No, just seems like you were insinuating that it was the Lions who were the ones who made the decision to put him on ‘trial’ (for want of a better word).

            If it wasn’t a citable offence (which it was and should have received a ban for) then the commisioner would have ignored it.

    • June 24th 2013 @ 3:06am
      Featherman said | June 24th 2013 @ 3:06am | ! Report

      Hi from the UK.
      As a Welshman, I admired The Wallabies’ ‘ True Grit’ to take the game to the Lions, especially as your team had not had the prep the Lions had.
      Now, could I clear the point raised earlier…Horwill ‘appeared’ to stamp-on AWJ’s head(nothing to do with POC) . BUT, it was not AWJ that complained, but Warren Gatland. I don’t think AWJ would have reacted as he is so intensive and adrenaline pumping, he would not have felt anything.
      I would imagine There will be a different Lions’ Team come Saturday.

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