Australia's James O'Connor out of Wales and Scotland Tests

James O'Connor

Australia and Melbourne Rebels' utility back James O'Connor is out of the Test matches against Scotland and Wales in June due to a lacerated liver.

O'Connor, 21, took an accidental knee to the ribs during a Super 15 loss to the Waratahs in April.

After a scan, he said on Twitter: "Disappointing result. Liver healing very nicely, just going to run out of time.

"If only I had a couple more weeks up my sleeve."

The Wallabies face Scotland in Newcastle on 5 June before taking on Wales in a three-match series, starting in Brisbane on 9 June.

In O'Connor's absence for the Rebels, and following Danny Cipriani's release to join Sale Sharks, Kurtley Beale has been impressive at fly-half.

Beale has made his reputation at full-back for the team that has recently been led by Welshman Gareth Delve.

But he kicked a late winning penalty in their 32-31 win against Western Force on Sunday, 20 May.

Quade Cooper is also back in contention. He survived 40 minutes as Queensland Reds beat the Lions 34-20 at the weekend, to complete his recovery from ruptured knee ligaments.

Australia coach Robbie Deans will be without Reds centre Ben Tapuai, who has been sidelined by a broken collarbone.

The 23-year-old, who made his Test debut against Wales in Cardiff in November, has had surgery and is highly unlikely to play any further part in the Reds' 2012 Super Rugby campaign.

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