Kane has foot on the ladder


KANE Douglas is the latest example of the Clarence Valley's prodigious sporting talent.

He has been picked in the NSW Country Under-16 rugby union team after his outstanding performances for Far North Coast in the recent NSW Country Championships.

His representative honours don't end there ? he has been picked in the North Coast Schoolboys rugby union open team, which will play at the NSW Country All-Schools open Championships in Newcastle at the end of the month.

Not bad going for the 15-year-old Maclean High School student who only started playing rugby union last year. And rugby union is not his only sport. Douglas also plays rugby league for the Lower Clarence Magpies, and has represented the region in Group One juniors as well.

Douglas plays his club rugby for the Yamba Junior Rugby Club, and is only the third person from the club to gain representative honours with NSW Country.

He said he was pretty happy with the selection.

"I was pretty surprised that I got picked, but I was happy with the way I played (at the championships)," he said.

"I was pretty stuffed after each game, so I felt like I put in and contributed."

Yamba Club president Daryl Rock said it was a fantastic and well deserved achievement by Douglas.

"It's a great testament to the club and their commitment to junior rugby in the area to see someone of Kane's ability and attitude make it to this level because he has a sensational attitude both on and off the paddock," he said.

And it seems Douglas is leading the way for his club mates.

"Kane is the first country rep out of our junior development program that we commenced this year," Rock said.

"It's a taste of things to come for the club because looking at some of the other juniors coming through, there's quite a few others who definitely have the capability."

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