Kane Douglas keen for QLD trial
BOOM Waratahs colt Kane Douglas laughs off talk of sibling rivalry but that is where the joking ends for the Yamba enforcer in 2010.
The 201cm lock, brother of NRL player Luke Douglas, will line up for the NSW Waratahs in their rugby union trial match with the Queensland Reds at Lismore on January 23.
It is when the serious stuff starts.
Douglas is planning on kick-starting his Super 14 career with a starring role against NSW’s struggling northern rivals.
The 20-year-old featured in the Waratahs’ three pre-season trials last campaign but failed to earn a Super 14 debut.
He plans on changing that this time around. “I’m hoping for it (to play in the Super 14). I think I’m good enough and just have to go well in the trials and show my physicality,” Douglas, an Australia under-20 representative, said.
“I’d be happy with five Super 14 games this year. I’m big enough and strong enough, I just need to work on the little things and being consistent.”
NSW will be without Wallaby stars Phil Waugh and Al Baxter for the contest, allowing fringe squad member Douglas a chance to impress in familiar territory.
The Waratahs will not want to give the crisis-plagued Reds any confidence ahead of their round one Super 14 clash next month.
“I was expecting myself to be included because I was in the squad for the trials last year,” Douglas said.
“I’m looking forward to it because it’s in Lismore so my mates can come along and watch, as well as Nanna and Pop.
“Mum and Dad came up when we played in Toowoomba last year so this will be even bigger.
“I think I probably will get a bit nervous before the game.”
A win is low priority for the Waratahs in what Douglas tips to be a ‘really good game’.
“We would like to win but that’s probably in the back of our heads, we just want to play well,” he said.
The NSW squad returned to training seven weeks before Christmas, allowing Douglas just enough time to tidy his property, rented out by his older brother.
“There’s not really any rivalry (with Luke). I live in his unit so he runs the show,” Douglas, 115kg, laughed.
“I pay him rent and try and do as much as I can.”
The match will be held at Oakes Oval at 7.40pm. For tickets, go to www.ticketek.com or phone 132 849.