There is some good news for the Wallabies with hopes Digby Ioane could be back for the World Cup semi-final, after scheduled surgery on a fractured thumb.

The Wallabies winger was injured during Sunday’s thirty-two to six win over Italy.

Jane Schon reports.


It looked to be a major setback to Australia’s World Cup campaign but Ioane might be back on the starting side, if surgery goes well.

Digby tired to scoop the ball when his thumb accidentally came into contact with the boot of his Italian counterpart. The Italian was attempting to toe the ball further down-field.

The winger’s absence has possibly opened the door for Drew Mitchell to return to the side.

David Nucifora, Wallabies Assistant Coach: “We’ll consider that like we’ll consider other options but we’ll make those decisions in a few days time.”

In cricket, Australia faces a major selection problem ahead of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka with concerns Ryan Harris may not be fit to play.

The Aussie Cricket star will undergo scans, after leaving the field yesterday with a stiff right hamstring.

Australia is leading the Series with the final in Colombo beginning on Friday.

Carlton captain Chris Judd has become the second player to win the AFL Players Association MVP award at multiple clubs.

Favourite to win his third Brownlow medal, the Blues skipper also picked up Best Captain, but it seems awards glory is the furthest thing from his mind.

Chris Judd, Carlton Captain: “Our season’s still alive all our energy’s are on this Saturday night over in the west.”

Brisbane Lions’ Jonathon Brown was named Most Courageous and Best First Year Player was awarded to rising star Dyson Heppell.

Jane Schon, QUT News