Digby Ioane given new court date
June 25, 2013
Wallabies winger Digby Ioane failed to appear at a court date to answer an assault charge © Getty Images
Wallabies winger Digby Ioane.has been issued with a revised court date over an assault charge after submitting himself to Victorian Police.
A warrant was issued for Ioane's arrest on Monday after he failed to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court to answer a charge stemming from an alleged scuffle in a Prahran hotel in March. But he reported to police with Australian Rugby Union officials on Tuesday, when he was given notice to appear in court on August 6.
Ruled out of the rest of the three-Test series against the British & Irish Lions with a shoulder injury, Ioane's court date is after the Super Rugby final and before the Rugby Championship kicks off.
Ioane was stood down by Queensland Reds for one match after news broke that he'd been involved in the incident at the Mount Erica Hotel a day after playing against the Rebels in Melbourne on March 8. He was charged with unlawful assault on summons in May and his failure to appear on Monday has been labelled a "storm in a teacup" by ARU chief executive Bill Pulver.
Ioane has signed a lucrative two-year deal, worth more than $2 million, with French club Stade Francais starting at the end of the season.
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