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Joe Tomane passed fit for depleted Australia for second Test

Updated: Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 07:58 | Comments

Joe Tomane is fit for the second Test
Joe Tomane is fit for the second Test

Australia's battered backline has received some welcome news with winger Joe Tomane declaring himself fit for the second British and Irish Lions Test after recovering from a broken toe.

The Wallabies dressing room was like a casualty ward after the 23-21 first test loss to the Lions in Brisbane with Christian Lealiifano (head), Pat McCabe (neck), Digby Ioane (shoulder), Adam Ashley-Cooper (shoulder) and Berrick Barnes (head) all injured during the match.

Ioane and McCabe have since been ruled out of the remaining two tests, while Barnes is out for the second game at Docklands Stadium, which the Wallabies must win to keep the series alive.

Lealiifano and Ashley-Cooper could still be considered for the match.

Tomane, who earned his only cap against Scotland last year before suffering an ankle injury, had been preparing with the rest of the Wallabies squad for the first test when he broke his toe at training.

"The second game has eluded me for a year now. Hopefully I'm fit and ready," Tomane told reporters.

"I think it's going to feel like my debut again.

"Hopefully if I do get selected, I'm going to treat it like it's a normal game.

"I've done all the rehab I've had to to be ready for this test. If I get the chance I'm sure I'll be ready to go."

Tomane could slot into Ioane's position on the left wing.

"It's a massive hole because Digby gets through a huge amount of work for us," Tomane said.

"It's a massive opportunity for me or (Nick Cummins)."

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