Paul O’Connell ruled out of British & Irish Lions tour

Former British and Irish Lions captain Paul O’Connell has been ruled out of the rest of the Lions tour due to a broken arm suffered in the first Test.

A specialist in Brisbane has confirmed that O’Connell has an undisplaced fracture of his lower right arm.

No decision has been made on whether O’Connell will leave or stay with the squad.

Due to O’Connell’s injury Geoff Parling has been withdrawn from the starting line-up of the Lions team to play the Rebels in Melbourne and Dan Lydiate takes over the captaincy of the midweek team.

Ospreys second row Ian Evans will start against the Rebels in place of Parling, while Ireland and Ulster prop Tom Court has been drafted onto the replacements’ bench for Makovina Vunipola, who is being rested as cover for the 2nd Test due to Alex Corbisiero’s calf injury.

Tom Croft who started in the first Test comes on to the bench for Evans.

British and Irish Lions

15. Rob Kearney (Leinster/Ireland)
14. Sean Maitland (Glasgow Warriors/Scotland)
13. Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers/England)
12. Brad Barritt (Saracens/England)
11. Simon Zebo (Munster/Ireland)
10. Owen Farrell (Saracens/England)
9. Conor Murray (Munster/Ireland)
1. Ryan Grant (Glasgow Warriors/Scotland)
2. Richard Hibbard (Ospreys/Wales)
3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers/England)
4. Richie Gray (Scotland))
5. Ian Evans (Ospreys/Wales)
6. Dan Lydiate (Dragons/Wales, capt)
7. Sean O’Brien (Leinster/Ireland)
8. Tangaki Taulupe Faletau (Dragons/Wales)

Replacements

16. Rory Best (Ulster/Ireland)
17. Tom Court (Ulster/Ireland)
18. Matt Stevens (Saracens/England)
19. Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers/England)
20. Justin Tipuric (Ospreys/Wales)
21. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers/England)
22. Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby/England)
23. Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors/Scotland)

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