Ioane targets England's 'pretty wingers'
November 13, 2012
Digby Ioane has his sights set on England © Getty Images
Wallabies flyer Digby Ioane has his sights set on tackling England's "pretty wingers" when the two teams come face-to-face at Twickenham on Saturday.
Ioane, who sat out Australia's heavy 33-6 defeat to France on Saturday, missed England's last meeting with the Wallabies which ended in a 35-18 triumph for then coach Martin Johnson's side. And despite the Wallabies' loss at the weekend, Ioane and the rest of his team are in a confident mood ahead of Saturday's clash.
Chris Ashton is expected to return to England's starting XV after sitting out their win over Fiji due to a suspension and Ioane is relishing coming up against the Saracens flyer. "They are pretty wingers, they are really good looking and I just can't wait to go against them," Ioane said. "I haven't played against him [Ashton] but I have seen a lot of YouTube of him. He is a really respected winger and I would be honoured if I do get to play against him.
"I love playing top wingers like him, I have played a lot against the likes of Bryan Habana and Joe Rokocoko but I have never played against Ashton. Because of his league background, he has done so well for himself and I am looking forward to it. It will be a good game. They beat us in the last game by heaps. It should be good for revenge."
Australia have failed to score in their last two matches and although one of Ioane's prime roles on Saturday will be to get across the tryline, he is looking forward to the physical aspect of the Test.
"The winger's dream is to score a try but my focus is on making hit-ups on Saturday," Ioane said. "It gets the boys that extra momentum to keep going forward and the more times you break the line it is better for the team. I never give up and my job is just to get really stuck in.
"I try to beat everyone on hit-ups and like to get past 10 every match. But they have to be good ones, not just two metres."
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