Ioane eyes tour return

Digby Ioane is targeting a return from serious injury on the Wallabies’ Grand Slam tour.

The Wallabies winger underwent shoulder reconstruction after a serious injury in the Super 14. He will start contact work next week for the first time in five months.

Ioane has a lot to do if he’s going to be fit for the Aussies’ tour, but he’s already made great strides in his rehabilitation.

‘It will all come down to the coach and his selectors, I have to be selected first, but I think it will be sweet,’ Ioane said. ‘My shoulder is coming along well and I start with contact next week and I should be sweet for that.’

Ioane was utilised at wing and centre for the Reds and could play either position for the Wallabies. Fully fit, he’d be an ideal wing option given Stirling Mortlock (knee) is also on the mend.

‘I’ll play anywhere if I get the call-up, it’s just a matter of getting game time,’ he said. ‘I wouldn’t care, I’d even play halfback or the forwards.’