Wallaby star suffers suspected heart attack

James O'Connor (Getty Images)
James O'Connor (Getty Images)

Toulon - Toulon back James O'Connor was hospitalised following a match last weekend and is still undergoing precautionary health checks, the French club said without giving further details.

Three-time European champion Toulon posted a brief statement on its website on Friday evening following reports the 25-year-old Australian had a heart problem on the team bus returning from a match against Oyonnax last Sunday.

French specialist rugby newspaper Midi Olympique reported that O'Connor, who has played 44 Tests for Australia, but was overlooked for last year's Rugby World Cup, was given emergency treatment by team-mate and Georgia lock Mamuka Gorgodze on the bus before being hospitalised for three days.

Toulon only said that O'Connor would undergo "all the (medical) tests necessary" before being able to return, but that his career is not in danger.

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