James O Connor Out for Tests
The BEST THING SINCE SLICE BREAD
according to Australians anyway and that was only discovered in Oz a week before James O Connor was born.
JAMES O'Connor's hopes of making a surprise Super Rugby return for Melbourne against the ACT Brumbies on Friday week have been dashed.
O'Connor had scans that showed he has not fully recovered from the lacerated liver he suffered in a collision against the NSW Waratahs in Sydney on April 21.
The result also ended his chance of playing in next month's Tests against Wales and Scotland.
"Disappointing result," O'Connor tweeted yesterday. "Liver healing very nicely, just going to run out of time. If only I had a couple more weeks up my sleeve."
O'Connor resumed non-contact training last week and travelled with the Rebels to Perth for Sunday's 32-31 win over Western Force.
He had been aiming for a June 1 return against the Brumbies.
Australia faces Scotland in Newcastle on June 5 before a three-Test series against Wales starting on June 9 in Brisbane.
"I am pretty confident (of being available for the Wallabies) based on what I am doing now," O'Connor said last week.
"I ran at 90 per cent on Thursday and I feel fine in terms of moving around the field. It's going to be a matter of how quickly my body has healed."
With O'Connor out of the frame, Rebels teammate Kurtley Beale shapes as the favourite to play five-eighth for Australia.
However, Quade Cooper could be a surprise inclusion in the squad after making his Queensland Reds return on the weekend.
O'Connor copped an accidental knee from Waratah Berrick Barnes while catching a kick.
He got up and played on, but later left the field and ended up in hospital with a lacerated liver.
"It wasn't pretty. It was like when I ruptured my spleen when I did it, just that nervy pain," O'Connor said.
"It felt like when you go to the dentist and you get a drill hit a nerve.
"It felt like that, but it was inside you, and it hurt like hell every time you breathed."