Sunday 24 September 2017

Wallaby Ioane gets new court date on assault charge

Digby Ioane
Digby Ioane

Reuters

AUSTRALIAN player Digby Ioane, who has been ruled out of the rest of the British and Irish Lions series with an injured shoulder, will face a Melbourne court on an assault charge in August.

A warrant was issued for the winger's arrest on Monday after he failed to appear at a court to answer charges relating to a scuffle over an iPhone when he was in Melbourne with the Queensland Reds in March.

Ioane submitted himself to police in Melbourne on Tuesday and was given a revised court date of Aug. 6, local media reported.

The Reds stood the 27-year-old down for one game after the incident at a pub but Australian Rugby Union (ARU) president Bill Pulver has described his missing the court appointment as a "storm in the tea cup".

Ioane, who sustained his injury in the 23-21 defeat to the Lions in Brisbane last Saturday, will join Stade Francais in October having signed a lucrative two-year deal with the French Top 14 club in May.

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