Warrant issued for arrest of Reds winger Ioane

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Reds and Wallabies rugby winger Digby Ioane after he failed to appear in a Melbourne court on an assault charge.

Ioane, who played for the Wallabies in their 23-21 loss to the British and Irish Lions in the first test at Brisbane on Saturday, was scheduled to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday but did not answer his call.

A magistrate immediately issued a warrant for the arrest of the 27-year-old, who has played 35 tests for Australia.

The legal crisis now facing Ioane adds to the turmoil around the Wallabies team who have to win the second test at Melbourne on Saturday to level the three-test series.

Australia is already beset by injuries to midfielders Christian Lealiifano, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Pat McCabe.

The incident over which Ioane was charged occurred on March 9, the day after the Queensland Reds played the Melbourne Rebels in a Super Rugby match in Melbourne.

Ioane wasn’t charged at the time by Melbourne police but he was charged on summons on March 17, when he was in South Africa with the Reds team.

He was reportedly with his Wallaby teammates at a Melbourne hotel on Monday when the case was called.

In a statement, the Australian Rugby Union said it had “worked expeditiously”
with Ioane and Victorian state police to resolve the matter.

“Digby will report to the Victorian Police and will be issued with a revised
court date,” the union said.

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