Tricky ... Digby Ioane in action. Photo: Getty Images
VICTORIANS pride themselves on the number of Wallabies they have produced over the decades, but one whose southern heritage is often forgotten is Test winger Digby Ioane.
Ioane lived in Melbourne between the ages of one and 15. The core of his family still live in Dandenong and are delighted he will be up against Wales on Saturday night because it will be the first time he has played a Test in his home city.
''This is a dream,'' Ioane said after the Wallabies selectors named an unchanged line-up for the second Test.
He is one of the few Melburnians able to claim he escaped the clutches of AFL. From the age of five Ioane played rugby union and league, and only played one game of AFL.
''I just hated it because you would go to tackle someone and they would've already kicked the ball,'' he said.
''I've always wanted to play a rugby Test here, but I didn't think I'd ever get selected. Now I'm getting bombarded by Melbourne relatives looking for tickets.''
Unlike most wingers, he refuses to stay near the sidelines, wandering all over, looking for work.
''I do challenge my teammates over how many touches I can get in the game,'' Ioane said. ''My benchmark is to try to get 10 or more … If I don't get 10, I get upset with myself.''