7 Oct 2011

Ioane returns to Wallabies' line-up

10:52 pm on 7 October 2011

Australia has named Digby Ioane in the Wallabies' starting side for their rugby World Cup quarterfinal against South Africa at Wellington on Sunday, with the winger having recovered from a thumb injury.

Ioane broke his thumb in the opening match against Italy and had surgery but remained with the team on the chance he would return in time for the knock-out phase.

Coach Robbie Deans had several other injury concerns that forced him to play No 8 Radike Samo on the wing in their final pool game against Russia, but had virtually a full squad to choose from for the clash with the Springboks, Reuters reports.

Pat McCabe, who partially dislocated his shoulder in the pool game against the United States, has been named to start at second five-eighth, while centre Anthony Fainga'a, who was knocked unconscious in the same match, was named in the reserves.


Starting XV: Kurtley Beale, James O'Connor, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Pat McCabe, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Radike Samo, David Pocock, Rocky Elsom, James Horwill (captain), Dan Vickerman, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, Sekope Kepu.

Reserves: Tatafu Polota-Nau, James Slipper, Nathan Sharpe, Ben McCalman, Luke Burgess, Berrick Barnes, Anthony Fainga'a.