COME BACK: Kane Douglas embraces Sekope Kepu as they celebrate a win during the 2014 Super Rugby season. PHOTO: AAP/NZN IMAGE/SNPA, ROSS SETFORD
COME BACK: Kane Douglas embraces Sekope Kepu as they celebrate a win during the 2014 Super Rugby season. PHOTO: AAP/NZN IMAGE/SNPA, ROSS SETFORD

Douglas on World Cup radar RUGBY UNION

FORMER Wallabies Simon Poidevin and Al Baxter have led a push to lure Yamba product Kane Douglas back to Australia from Ireland in time to play for the Wallabies in the World Cup.

According to Fairfax Media, Poidevin urged the Australian Rugby Union and Waratahs to "re-engineer" the return of Douglas who joined Irish club Leinster on a three-year deal last September.

It is also understood that Wallabies and Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has remained in contact with the 25-year-old.

Poidevin said he believed that the second-rower's impact on the Waratahs' campaign last year, when they won their first Super Rugby title, did not receive the recognition it deserved.

"Douglas was phenomenal for the Waratahs last year," he said.

"People don't appreciate the work rate he put in on the field. It would be great for Australian rugby if the ARU worked with the Waratahs to re-engineer him to potentially coming back."

Waratahs board member Al Baxter agreed and, while he understood the ARU's position to consider Australian-based players only for Wallabies selection, he wondered how it would maintain it and still have the best Australian players available.

"I would love to see the very best Australians around the globe playing for the Wallabies," Baxter said.

"Cheika was able to take Douglas and develop him as a player. Then he probably left Australia as the country's best second-rower."

Douglas has earned 17 Wallabies caps and 76 for the Waratahs.

OLDEST WALLABY DIES AT 100

AUSTRALIA'S s oldest living Wallaby Charles 'Gordon' Stone passed away peacefully at the age of 100 on Saturday, February .

Stone played one Test at scrumhalf for Australia against the All Blacks in 1938. He represented NSW Waratahs seven times and played 93 first grade matches for Randwick in Sydney.



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