Ioane delays decision on future
November 17, 2011
Digby Ioane's future is the subject of much speculation but the winger is giving nothing away © Getty Images
Digby Ioane has revealed that he will not make a decision on his future until after the Wallabies' two-game tour of Great Britain.
The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) is desperate to hold on to the 26-year-old Reds winger but his head has been turned by a lucrative offer from Japanese outfit Kubota.
"It's up in the air at the moment…. it's not all sorted yet and I'm going to leave it until I play these last two games in the UK and then I'll put pen to paper when I come back," Ioane told the Australian Associated Press.
Despite speculation that the delay means that Ioane will remain in Australia, given the Japanese league season is now underway, the player insists that he his sole focus at the moment is the upcoming clashes with the Barbarians, at Twickenham on November 26, and Wales, in Cardiff the following weekend.
"I always look forward to playing over there [Britain]," he said. "It should be a good tour and I just want to go there and play some good rugby and make a call on everything else when I get back."
Ioane is also looking forward to pitting his wits against Shane Williams, who will be bringing the curtain down on his illustrious Test career when Wales host the Wallabies on December 3.
"It's a bit sad to see Shane retire, he's been up there for a long time, he's a legend," he said. "I was surprised how old he was, 34, and to be still playing great rugby at World Cup level is pretty special, he's certainly a player who motivates me and a player I look up to. Hopefully I can play in a World Cup when I'm 34."
Meanwhile, James O'Connor is also excited by the Wallabies' imminent trip to the northern hemisphere. The versatile back is one of a number of contenders to fill the void left by the injured Quade Cooper at fly-half but he insists that he would be just as happy at outside centre.
"Whether I play at 10 or 12 - it's wherever Robbie sees fit - I'm just looking forward to going on this tour," O'Connor said. "Moving to the front line is something I'm keen on - whether it's at 10 controlling the game or at 12 outside Berrick [Barnes].
"I haven't touched the ball as much as I'd like but I've been given a good opportunity on this tour to get a bit more involved in the decision-making. I'm looking forward to working with Berrick and I think we can complement each other's games nicely."
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