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Ioane to knock back Japanese

WALLABIES strike weapon Digby Ioane is set to knock back a lucrative Japanese offer to provide extra thrust to Queensland's Super Rugby title defence.

Reds coach Ewen McKenzie on Thursday said he was preparing as though Ioane would be on board in 2012 despite cashed-up Kubota offering a seven-figure deal in Japan.

The destructive world-class winger reportedly gave the club, which is home to former teammate and friend Hugh McMeniman, a verbal agreement he would sign a million-dollar-a-season contract.

But the Reds' success and his blockbusting Test form for the Wallabies has convinced the 26-year-old to remain in Australia.

McKenzie remains unsure exactly when Ioane will re-sign but believes it's just a matter of time before he formalises a deal for a fifth straight season in Queensland.

Read more at nzherald.co.nz



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