Wallaby Digby Ioane avoids jail
Melbourne - Australian wing Digby Ioane has avoided conviction over an
assault charge in an incident at a Melbourne bar when he was in the city
with the Reds in March, local media reported on Thursday.
28-year-old, who is undergoing rehabilitation after sustaining a
shoulder injury in the first test against the British and Irish Lions in
June, was involved in a scuffle over a mobile phone.
his first court date in June and a warrant was issued for his arrest in
an unwelcome distraction for the Wallabies in the run-up to the second
On Thursday, though, a Melbourne court put Ioane on a
diversion program and ordered him to re-appear in October to ensure he
has complied with the conditions of the program, the Australian
Associated Press reported.
The diversion program allows first-time offenders to acknowledge responsibility and be released without conviction.
"NOT GUILTY," Ioane said on his official twitter account. "Told you. God had my back. #blessed"
will join Stade Francais in October after signing a lucrative two-year
deal with the French Top 14 club in May, a move which is likely to bring
an end to his 35-cap test career.
A number of Wallabies backs
have had brushes with the law in recent years, with Kurtley Beale
charged with assault after a scuffle with security staff outside a
Brisbane bar last year while out with Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper.
The charge against Beale was withdrawn this year when the parties settled the matter out of court.
was arrested and charged with burglary over the alleged theft of
laptops from a private residence in Australia's Gold Coast in 2009. The
charges were dropped the following year following mediation.