Digby Ioane set for return against England

RUSSELL JACKSON
Last updated 09:50 09/11/2012
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RETURN DATE: Digby Ioane has been cleared to play against England in just over a week.

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The Wallabies' most lethal attacking weapon Digby Ioane has been given the all clear to make his return against England on Saturday week after getting through his first full training session of the European tour in Paris.

Ioane, who is returning from a knee injury, produced a strong hitout on Thursday, much to the delight of Wallabies coach Robbie Deans.

"He's good. He trained fully today for the first time with the group ... contact included and he came through it well. He'll be available next week," Deans said in Paris.

Destructive winger Ioane hasn't played since Australia's 25-19 win over Argentina in Rosario last month.

Ioane's return will be a huge boost for the Wallabies who are also expecting to have champion flanker David Pocock (knee) and winger Drew Mitchell (ankle) available to make their long-awaited returns from injury while second-rower Sitaleki Timani (hamstring) is also in the frame for a Twickenham return.

Deans will be spoilt for choice when he sits down to pick his team for the England clash and it's something he's relishing after enduring a nightmare run with injuries recently which has included stars Will Genia and Jame O'Connor.

"It's a strange feeling. I haven't had to make these choices for a while ... it's good," he said.

Australia open their European tour against France on Saturday (Sunday NZT).

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