Ioane to miss Ireland clash

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Updated: September 12, 2011

Australia winger Digby Ioane has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup clash this Saturday with Ireland. He suffered a fractured thumb in the win against Italy.

He will now undergo surgery but is expected to be available for the latter stages of the tournament if the Wallabies go that far. Since making his international debut in 2006, the Queensland Red winger has suffered from injury after injury.

It is good news for Ireland as Ioane has been in good form for the Wallabies and has scored four tries in 6 games for his country this year.

“Ioane will be operated on and will remain with the Wallabies in New Zealand,” a team statement said.

“He is expected to be available to play again later in the tournament although the exact timelines on when he might be able to return will not be known until after the joint has been operated on, and his rehabilitation from the injury has begun.”

The incident occurred during the second half of their comfortable win over Italy in North Harbour on Sunday. He went to dive on a loose ball when Mirco Bergamasco went to kick the ball but caught the winger’s right thumb.

By Ryan Bailey, @ryanbaileysport

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