Toulon's James O'Connor. David Davies
Health scare

Australian back O'Connor rushed to hospital with mystery illness

Initial reports claimed the 25-year-old had suffered a heart attack but that has not been confirmed.

Updated 21.40

AUSTRALIA INTERNATIONAL BACK James O’Connor is undergoing tests after being laid low by a mystery illness, his club Toulon have confirmed.

The versatile back, who mostly plays at full-back or wing for the European champions, was taken to hospital after coming down with the illness last weekend following Toulon’s 43-13 win at Oyonnax.

The 25-year-old underwent tests, the results of which proved “reassuring and satisfying”, according to Toulon, allowing him to leave hospital.

O’Connor tweeted this evening to say that the issue was caused by a mix of hypoglycemia and fatigue, adding that he will sit out two weeks to recover.

Earlier, outlets in France had rushed to report that O’Connor had suffered a heart attack during the bus trip home.

It had also been reported that O’Connor’s team-mate, Georgia back-rower Mamuka Gorgodze, rushed to his aid before the Australian was taken to hospital.

Originally published: 19.54

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