Paul O'Connell ruled out of British and Irish Lions tour

O'Connell ruled out of Lions tour
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British and Irish Lions second row Paul O'Connell is ruled out of the rest of the tour of Australia after suffering a displaced fracture to his right arm.

British and Irish Lions lock Paul O'Connell has been officially ruled out of the Test series in Australia with a fractured right arm.

O'Connell suffered the injury during Saturday's 23-21 victory over the Wallabies, with the Irishman playing through the pain barrier to help the Lions earn a narrow victory in Brisbane.

An official spokesman for the Lions confirmed today that the 32-year-old will take no further part in the tour, with Geoff Parling in line to fight for his place in the Test XV.

A message from the official Lions Twitter account announced the injury news today, stating: "Paul O'Connell ruled out of Test series with undisplaced fracture of lower rigt arm."

Warren Gatland's squad has suffered a string of injuries in the past two weeks, with Ulster prop Tom Court the latest player to be called up as cover on Sunday.

British and Irish Lions' Paul O'Connell in action against the Barbarians on June 1, 2013
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