Australian side plunged into new crisis ahead of second Test against Lions.
The Wallabies series against the British and Irish Lions has gone from bad to worse, with news winger Digby Ioane has a warrant issued for failing to appear at a designed court date.
A magistrate issued the warrant for Ioane, who was training across town ahead of the second Test against the Lions, after he failed to appear in relation to a charge of unlawful assault from a inciden at a pub on March 9.
Ioane was in a Melbourne pub the day after the Queensland Reds’ win over the Melbourne Rebels when he was involved on the fringes of an incident involving his brother.
Police investigated Ioane’s 30-year-old brother becoming involved in a verbal altercation with a Prahran man of the same age. It was alleged the Prahran man sustained a minor leg injury.
Ioane, the 35-Test winger, is carrying a shoulder injury from last Saturday’s Test loss to the British and Irish Lions and is unlikely to play in Saturday’s second Test in Melbourne.
He was on the sidelines watching his team-mates train at the Carlton Football Club’s Visy Park ground today when the first report of the arrest warrant was made public just after 4pm.