13 Mar 2013

Queensland Reds seek to improve team culture

10:45 am on 13 March 2013

Past misdemeanours have come back to haunt Digby Ioane as the Queensland Reds seek to improve a flagging team culture by axing the Wallabies winger for one match.

Ioane has been stood down for Saturday night's Super Rugby match against the Western Force following an incident in a Melbourne hotel on the weekend.

Victorian police are still investigating an alleged assault following an altercation between Ioane's older brother and another hotel patron on Saturday afternoon.

But the Queensland Rugby Union have been quick to act and send a strong message ahead of any police findings after being unhappy with a continued slip in standards expected at Ballymore.

The pub incident took place the same day Reds teammate Quade Cooper posted a picture of him, Ioane, James O'Connor and Kurtley Beale as well as Hawthorn star Lance Franklin and other bare-chested men in gangster-style poses in a spa on a Melbourne rooftop.

In good news for the Reds, Wallabies halfback Will Genia will make his long-awaited return from a knee reconstruction on Saturday night and captain James Horwill is on track to play the following week against the Bulls.