France

Ioane waiting for 'approval'

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:25
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Australian wing Digby Ioane is still waiting for the medical staff of his Top 14 club Stade Francais to give him permission to start playing again.

The 28-year-old, 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 and Irish Lions in June.

"I am desperate to play my first match but for the moment I do not have the right to," said Ioane, who played his rugby in Australia with the Queensland Reds.

"I have to undergo medical tests."

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 last of whose 13 French titles came in 2007, are enjoying a successful domestic season, presently in fifth spot just one point adrift of leaders Toulon after 11 matches.

AFP

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