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Hamstring injury puts paid to O'Connor hopes

All grown up … Kane Douglas.

All grown up … Kane Douglas. Photo: Getty Images

JAMES O'CONNOR'S plan to be part of the Wallabies squad heading to South Africa and Argentina later this month, where he hoped to regain his Test five-eighth spot, are over due to ongoing hamstring problems.

O'Connor joined the Wallabies on the Gold Coast in a bid to make the two-week tour, but medical staff decided yesterday it was premature for him to return and unwise for him to travel overseas. He will continue his rehabilitation in Melbourne.

Also, the Wallabies will not risk hooker Stephen Moore against Argentina, and have Saia Faingaa as Tatafu Polota-Nau's backup.

Meanwhile, a reminder of how long Nathan Sharpe has been part of the Wallabies furniture came yesterday when his latest second-row Test partner admitted he first saw him playing while in primary school.

Waratahs second-rower Kane Douglas was an unexpected inclusion in the team to play Argentina when he was preferred to the more experienced Rob Simmons.

It will be the first time the 23-year-old Douglas, who won the position because, as Wallabies coach Robbie Deans puts it, ''he is our best tighthead lock'', will partner Sharpe, who takes over the captaincy .

''I've been watching him [Sharpe] play since I was a little kid,'' Douglas said yesterday, shortly after being told he was to play his first Test. ''So I'm very excited to now be able to play alongside him for the first time.

''I know I was pretty young when I first watched him, and he had hair in those days. Every time I remembered watching the Wallabies as a kid, he was there.''

Douglas's elevation will herald an exodus of friends, relatives and former teammates from his northern NSW home town of Yamba to attend the game. Joining them will be elder brother Luke, who plays in the NRL for the Gold Coast Titans.

''This will feel like a bit of a home game, because quite a few of my mates are coming up for the game, as my home town is only a couple of hours away,'' he said. ''I've got heaps of mates who have also moved up here since finishing school … It's certainly closer to Yamba than Sydney.''

Douglas followed his elder brother in originally playing rugby league and started playing union only when the Yamba Buccaneers first fielded a team in the under-15s.

''I found my body was more suited to rugby, because there are not too many tall league players running around,'' he said. ''But the family remain league orientated. Even when I started playing rugby in Sydney, Dad would say to me: 'What are you doing next year? Do you want to come and play league?'''

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 6 vs RSA 22 Report Stats
SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
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Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG vs AUS 01:30Twic
WAL vs RSA 01:30MilS
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