Ioane gunning for England’s ‘pretty boys’ Ashton and Monye

08:45 13 November 2012

Australia

Australia's Digby Ioane scores a try against the Barbarians. Photo credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS

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Australia wrecking ball Digby Ioane is relishing the chance to launch his comeback against England’s “pretty” wingers.

Ioane will line up opposite Saracens’ Chris Ashton in Saturday’s Cook Cup showdown at Twickenham with either Charlie Sharples or Harlequins’ Ugo Monye occupying the left wing.

The destructive 27-year-old has been carrying a knee problem that forced him to miss the Wallabies’ last two matches, but is ready to excel on his return.

“The England wingers are pretty, really good looking. I just can’t wait to go against them,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to this game because I want to redeem myself.

“In the last few matches I’ve been injured and have struggled. Now I’m fully fit and I’ve got to prove myself again.”

Ashton, who returns after missing Saturday’s 54-12 rout of Fiji through suspension, left an indelible mark on Australia two years ago.

Running nearly the length of the field to score a brilliantly-worked try, he spearheaded England’s 35-18 triumph on a memorable day at Twickenham.

Ioane has yet to cross swords with the in-form Saracens winger but has been impressed with what he has seen of the rugby league convert on YouTube.

“It will be really exciting and an honour to play against Ashton,” he said.

“I’ve never played against a winger like him so I’m looking forward to it.

“I hear he’s coming back into his stride and is really respected over here. I’ve watched a lot of him on YouTube. There’s a lot of clips on there of him scoring tries.

“I respect what he’s done for his country and his league background. Normally in Australia any league players who join union end going back to league.

“I find going from league to union is pretty hard, while it’s pretty easy the other way around.

“I find league’s not skilful, you’ve just got 13 guys and you have to run against them. Union is different, there’s more to it.”

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