7 Oct 2011

Ioane returns to Wallabies lineup

6:14 pm on 7 October 2011

Australia's named Digby Ioane in the Wallabies' starting side for their rugby World Cup quarter-final against South Africa at Wellington, 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.

Deans had several other injury concerns that forced him to play number eight 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.

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