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All Reds are worthy for Wallabies: Ioane

By Laine Clark 11/05/2010 06:57:20 PM Comments (0)

Plenty of food for thought has been dished up for Wallabies coach Robbie Deans before Australia kicks off their international rugby season.

But Queensland flyer Digby Ioane thought he would serve something else for Deans to chew over ahead of the Reds' 2010 Super 14 swansong against the Highlanders on Saturday night.

While gutted that Queensland's finals hopes are all but extinguished, Ioane said the whole Reds team had shown cause for Wallabies selection - including NRL convert Will Chambers.

All at sea in his opening games for Queensland this season, Chambers rapidly evolved to become a revelation in the centres with Anthony Faingaa in 2010, just months after tasting NRL premiership glory with Melbourne.

"The whole Reds team were in good form, (but) Chambers has been great for us at outside centre and Anthony - they have been great in defence and attack," said Ioane, who celebrates his 50th game for Queensland at Suncorp Stadium.

Asked if Chambers and Faingaa would look out of place in the Wallabies guernsey, Ioane said: "Anyone could be up for a Test match - they are playing awesome footy."

Deans already has plenty to ponder with the 2011 World Cup less than 16 months away following a Super 14 season featuring good form from the Reds, NSW Waratahs and ACT Brumbies as well as stand-outs in the underperforming Western Force.

The Wallabies kick off their international season against Fiji in Canberra on June 5 before facing off against England (in Perth on June 12 and Sydney June 19) and Ireland (in Brisbane on June 26).

But Ioane was just concentrating on finishing the Reds' season with a "celebration" on Saturday night.

Back to back losses look to have destroyed their finals dream, but Ioane said the Reds wanted to send out a big `thank you' to the supporters who followed their meteoric 2010 rise.

"The crowd got us pumped up this year - we want to finish on a good note," he said.

"This year I just enjoyed it, you know when you are having a good time and it just goes so fast - I can't believe this is our last game.

"Things happen for a reason. We have to learn from our losses.

"But this week is important, guys like Hardy (Sean Hardman) are leaving the boys - and this is also for the fans."

Hardman - Queensland's most-capped player - looks set for a rare start in 2010 against the Otago-based outfit.

But hope is running out that flanker Daniel Braid will recover from a knee strain for one last appearance before returning to New Zealand.

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