Lions coach Rowntree confirms Geoff Parling starts second Test

Last Updated: 24/06/13 11:10am

  • Share:
Geoff Parling: Will start the second Test

Geoff Parling: Will start the second Test

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

British and Irish Lions coach Graham Rowntree has confirmed lock Geoff Parling will start the second Test against Australia in place of the injured Paul O'Connell.

Veteran Ireland star O'Connell suffered a fractured arm during the 23-21 series-opening victory in Brisbane on Saturday and has since been told by team doctors that his tour is over.

England's Parling was due to captain the tourists in Tuesday's clash with the Melbourne Rebels but has been stood down so he can prepare for Saturday's rematch with the Wallabies at Etihad Stadium.

Rowntree said: "Geoff has been doing very well coming off the bench and he took his chance when he started as well. We've got good cover there so it's a chance for him."

On O'Connell, the former England prop added: "He's a big influence on the group and was playing exceptionally well. You've got to get on with these things - that's why we brought so many players.


"Whether he'll stay or not, I don't know. I'd like him too because of his influence around the group. We'll find out in the next few days what he's going to do."

Sky Sports pundit Stuart Barnes feels confident O'Connell will stay on to help motivate the side.

He said: "It's a three-man leadership team as I see it - O'Connell in the tight five, Sam Warburton as captain and Brian O'Driscoll. To lose one is a big blow but I wouldn't be surprised if he decides to stay.

"Even though he can do no more on the field of play, in training, in motivation and in just being Paul O'Connell, he still has a role to play in the Lions' bid for glory."

Meanwhile, eyebrows were raised earlier on Monday when a citing commissioner cleared Australia captain James Horwill of stamping on Alun-Wyn Jones during a brutal first Test - but Rowntree refused to comment.

When quizzed on the decision, he said: "It's happened. We move on. I've got enough to worry about in terms of looking forward to this week's Test, changing personnel and the game tomorrow night. We'll just accept that decision and get on with it."

Watch every Lions game live only on Sky Sports. Click here to sign up or upgrade now.

  • Share:

Post Comment

*All fields required, your email address will be kept private


Lions v Australia, second Test 2013

Mike Phillips: Upset at missing out on second Test with Australia

Omission devastates Phillips

Mike Phillips admits he was devastated to be left out of the Lions team for the second Test with Australia.

Lions skipper Sam Warburton is helped from the field

Second Test recap

Sky Sports brings you all the best of the action, reaction and opinion from the Etihad Stadium.

Lions experts!

Find out what our experts thought as Australia won the second Test against the Lions in Melbourne.

Related Profiles

Most Popular


Wondrous Wilkinson

Wondrous Wilkinson

From Newcastle to Toulon, via Australia; Sky Sports looks back at the remarkable career of Jonny Wilkinson.

Raising the bar

Raising the bar

Mike Brown is looking to take his game to another level during the QBE Internationals.

Greatest Lions XV

Greatest Lions XV

The voting has been fierce but we can finally reveal our Greatest Lions XV of the modern era.