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O'Connor out for six weeks



Wallabies utility back James O'Connor has a lacerated liver and faces a six-week layoff that threatens his availability for mid-year tests against Wales and Scotland.

O'Connor will spend several days in a Sydney hospital receiving treatment for the injury he suffered while playing for the Melbourne Rebels last weekend against the New South Wales Waratahs.

The 21-year-old was accidentally kneed by Australia and Waratahs flyhalf Berrick Barnes as they contested possession. He is unlikely to play before the Rebels' June 1 clash with the ACT Brumbies, leaving him in doubt for the Wallabies' first home test of the season against Scotland four days later.

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