Less than 24 hours after captain James Horwill had been cleared by a disciplinary hearing of stamping on Alun-Wyn Jones, the Wallabies were stunned to learn that Ioane had missed a court appearance. The warrant was issued on Monday after Ioane failed to appear to face an unlawful assault charge stemming from an incident in Melbourne on March 9, when he allegedly attacked a man.
The Australian Rugby Union confirmed in a statement: "Since being made aware through media reports, the ARU has worked expeditiously with Digby Ioane and Victorian Police to attend to this matter. Digby will report to Victorian Police and will be issued with a revised court date. No further comment will be made at this time."
The statement was later followed by a second announcing that Ioane's shoulder injury will prevent him from playing any further part in the series, which the Lions lead 1-0 following Saturday's 23-21 triumph in Brisbane.
Pat McCabe has endured the same fate as Ioane after it was confirmed his neck damage has ended his chances of facing the tourists again.
"Ioane suffered internal damage to his right shoulder and will also require further follow-up scans with surgery a possibility," read the statement. "McCabe re-injured his neck in a similar location to an injury first sustained last year. He will be seeing specialists in Sydney in the coming days to ascertain the way forward following further scans."
Berrick Barnes will miss the second Test in Melbourne with concussion, but Christian Leali'ifano could feature after recovering well from his concussion. Adam Ashley-Cooper is also on course for selection against the Lions this weekend after making encouraging progress with his shoulder problem.
It is a mixed injury update for Australia, who played the final quarter of an epic first Test with a patched-up backline that featured flanker Michael Hooper at inside centre.
They endured a terrible succession of injuries - Leali'ifano, Barnes and McCabe were all carried off - and the loss of Ioane in particular will be keenly felt.
The tackle-busting wing had only just returned from knee surgery and is one of the Wallabies' main strike weapons.
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