Ioane wings in for Wallabies
October 7, 2011
Australia's Digby Ioane is back for the quarter-final game against South Africa after recovering from a thumb injury © Getty Images
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has called on Digby Ioane to spearhead their attack against the Springboks in their World Cup quarter-final on Sunday.
Ioane broke his thumb in the opening match against Italy and had surgery but he remained with the team just in case he could return in time for the knock-out phases. Deans had a number of other notable injury concerns forcing him to play No.8 Radike Samo on the wing in their final pool game against Russia but he had virtually a full squad to choose from for the huge clash with the Springboks.
Pat McCabe, who partially dislocated his shoulder in the Wallabies' pool match against the United States, has been named to start at inside-centre while centre Anthony Fainga'a, who was knocked unconscious in the same match, is named on the bench.
Commenting on the make-up of the squad, Deans said. "Obviously injury, and managing individual player work-loads has been a factor in selection through the tournament so far, but fortunately a lot of the injury problems that we've had are now behind us. The players that are coming back into the team after breaks are good to go."
While Australia have won five of the past six meetings with South Africa, Deans says results in the past are irrelevant. "All that matters is Sunday," Deans said. "The winner goes on, the loser goes home. Taking comfort from previous games is the quickest path way to the airport!
"The knock out phases of the World Cup are completely different to every other type of rugby we play: the stakes are higher, the intensity greater and the margins between success and failure smaller."
"We've seen that to some extent already in the tournament through the key pool matches and you can pretty much guarantee that it will all only intensify from here. We've gone with the players and the combinations, which have served us best through the year to date."
Australia: K Beale, J O'Connor, A Ashley-Cooper, P McCabe, D Ioane, Q Cooper, W Genia; S Kepu, S Moore, B Alexander, D Vickerman, J Horwill (c), R Elsom, D Pocock, R Samo
Replacements: T Polota-Nau, J Slipper, N Sharpe, B McCalman, L Burgess, B Barnes, A Faingaa
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