Digby Ioane awaiting clearance to play
November 14, 2013
Digby Ioane is starining at the leash to get back on the paddock © Getty Images
Former Wallabies winger Digby Ioane says he is still waiting for the medical staff at Top 14 club Stade Francais to give him permission to start playing again.
Ioane, scorer of 11 tries in his 35 Test appearances, has not been able to play since injuring a shoulder during the first Test against the British & Irish Lions in June.
"I am desperate to play my first match but for the moment I do not have the right to," Ioane said. "I have to undergo medical tests on Thursday."
Ioane, who has had his problems off the pitch with several incidents affecting his career, said he was looking forward to sampling top-class European club rugby.
"I came here because Paris is a beautiful city, very agreeable, but more to the point it is to play top-level rugby. It is a great challenge."
Stade Francais, the won the last of 13 French titles in 2007, are enjoying a successful domestic season, presently in fifth spot just one point adrift of leaders Toulon after 11 matches.
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