Rugby: Ioane to face old mates at Reds in Crusaders debut

He'll make his Crusaders debut on his old stomping ground in Brisbane after recovering from a hip issue and is named on the left wing. Photo / Stephen Barker
He'll make his Crusaders debut on his old stomping ground in Brisbane after recovering from a hip issue and is named on the left wing. Photo / Stephen Barker

Former Wallabies winger Digby Ioane will pull on the Crusaders jumper for the first time against his old club the Reds tomorrow night.

Ioane, 31, left the Reds for Stade Francais in late 2013 before heading to Japan to play for Honda Heat. He'll make his Crusaders debut on his old stomping ground in Brisbane after recovering from a hip issue and is named on the left wing.

Last week's try-scoring hero Seta Tamanivalu moves back to the right flank, while Israel Dagg returns to fullback. Two other Crusaders recruits are set to make their debuts, with Heiden Bedwell-Curtis and Oliver Jager stepping into the side.

Reds coach Nick Stiles reacted to an "atrocious" loss last week by dumping three players - including Wallaby lock Kane Douglas.

Queensland Reds: Karmichael Hunt, Izaia Perese, Samu Kerevi, Duncan Paia'aua, Eto Nabuli, Quade Cooper, Nick Frisby, Scott Higginbotham, George Smith, Hendrik Tui, Izack Rodda, Rob Simmons, Sam Talakai, Stephen Moore, James Slipper (c).

Reserves: Andrew Ready, Sef Fa'agase, Taniela Tupou, Kane Douglas, Adam Korczyk, James Tuttle, Jake McIntyre, Chris Kuridrani.

Crusaders: Israel Dagg, Seta Tamanivalu, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, Digby Ioane, Mitchell Hunt, Mitchell Drummond, Whetu Douglas, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Pete Samu, Sam Whitelock (c), Scott Barrett, Michael Alaalatoa, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody. Reserves: Ben Funnell, Tim Perry, Oliver Jager, Luke Romano, Jordan Taufua, Bryn Hall, Marty McKenzie, George Bridge.

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