O'Connell out of second test after fracturing his arm

VETERAN British and Irish Lions lock Paul O'Connell will miss the rest of the tour after fracturing his arm during the 23-21 first Test victory in Brisbane.

England's Geoff Parling, who was due to captain the Lions against the Rebels tonight before being withdrawn, is the likely replacement for Saturday's second Test in Melbourne.

The tourists are also monitoring the fitness of prop Alex Corbisiero (calf) and have called Brisbane-born Irish prop Tom Court into the squad as cover.

The decision to also leave out Mako Vunipola from tonight's game means he is likely to start in Melbourne if Corbisiero is ruled out.

Meanwhile, the Wallabies were sweating on the fitness of Berrick Barnes (head), Pat McCabe (neck), Adam Ashley-Cooper (shoulder), and Digby Ioane (shoulder) yesterday. Ioane had a warrant issued for his arrest yesterday after failing to appear in a Melbourne court on an assault charge from an incident in Prahran on March 9.

The good news for Australia is that captain James Horwill is free to play after beating a charge of allegedly stamping or trampling on Lions' lock, Alun Wyn Jones, in Saturday night's game.

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