Australia v Ireland, Brisbane, June 26
Injuries strike Genia and Ioane
June 21, 2010
Australia wing Digby Ioane is helped from the field with a shoulder injury, Australia v England, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, June 19, 2010
Digby Ioane is set for shoulder surgery © Getty Images

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has been struck by two further injury blows as he looks to inspire his side to a comeback victory against Ireland in Brisbane on Saturday.

Already shorn of his first-choice front-row, Benn Robinson, Ben Alexander and Stephen Moore, as well as lock James Horwill and No.8 Wycliff Palu, Deans can now add scrum-half Will Genia and winger Digby Ioane to his list of walking wounded.

Genia, who only returned to action after a knee problem in Saturday's 21-20 loss to England, broke a bone in his hand in the early stages of the game and will miss a month to six weeks of action. The news is far worse for his Reds team-mate Ioane, who will undergo surgery on a dislocated shoulder before missing the Tri-Nations to recover.

Luke Burgess will return to the starting XV in place of Genia, while Ioane's spot will likely pass to the versatile Adam Ashley-Cooper. Burgess impressed in the first Test victory over England two weeks ago and is relishing another shot at the No.9 jersey.

"It's just magic being here, it isn't about me it's about the Wallabies winning," he told AAP. "Every day should be magic, you may not wake up every day feeling magic but if I take that approach my career will be where I want it to be.

"You are not here for long and I think that approach makes you live in the moment and makes you enjoy yourself."


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