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O'Connell's Lions tour ended by arm fracture

Paul O'Connell has been ruled out of the rest of the Lions' series against Australia due to a fracture in his right forearm. The 33-year-old Irishman, who captained the Lions on their last tour to South Africa in 2009, sustained the injury in the tourists' 23-21 victory in the first test in Brisbane on Saturday.

"Paul O'Connell ruled out of test series with undisplaced fracture of lower right arm," read a tweet on the Lions feed (@lionsofficial) today. The injury will be a particular blow to the Munster man, who came through a long period on the sidelines with a back injury before returning to action in April to secure his place on a third Lions tour.

Geoff Parling is set to replace O'Connell for the second test, with Parling being withdrawn from tomorrow's tour match against the Melbourne Rebels.