Digby Ioane signs on with Crusaders

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Former Queensland Reds and Wallabies winger Digby Ioane will return to Super Rugby next season wearing the red and black of seven-time champions, the Crusaders.

Rumours of Ioane’s move to New Zealand had been doing the rounds for a couple of weeks before the Crusaders finally confirmed the recruitment of the 35-Test back on Thursday.

Ioane has enjoyed stints in France and Japan after leaving the Reds at the end of the 2013 Super Rugby season, but the 31-year-old said the chance to sample Super Rugby in New Zealand was too good to ignore.

“I have had a great time playing in France and Japan, but the opportunity to be part of a New Zealand Super Rugby team is too good to pass up,” Ioane said via Crusaders media release.

“I love the intensity and tempo of Super Rugby and the New Zealand teams are leading the charge in that respect at the moment, so I can’t wait to be a part of that.

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“I have a huge respect for the Crusaders, having faced them as the opposition team on a number of occasions, and I am honoured to be linked with such a quality team. I would like to thank my manager Michael Hobbs and Robbie Deans for their support in making this happen.”

Ioane’s recruitment will go some way to filling the giant hole left by Fijian powerhouse Nemani Nadolo, who has departed the Crusaders for Montpellier.

“Digby is a massive talent, who we believe still has plenty of top class playing years left in him despite his experience,” incoming Crusaders coach Scott Robertson said.

“He has played 35 tests for the Wallabies and has created some of the most memorable moments in Super Rugby while he was playing there.

“Digby is in the best condition of his life right now and we are excited about what he can do for this team, with his remarkable ability to create opportunities and score tries.

“We also know he will make a huge contribution off the field, with his energy, great character and good humour.”

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