FORMER Yamba Buccaneer Kane Douglas has achieved what every rugby union junior aspires to - being selected for the Wallabies.
Douglas' dream started in Yamba, where he and older brother Luke would mark fields in sand and play on the beach.
"He and I would team together and play against dad and (younger brother) Jake," Luke said.
"We'd mark a field out on the beach to give us enough room to play and get around them."
Fast forward to today, where Luke Douglas has clocked up 168 consecutive games in the NRL, and Kane has 43 Waratah appearances to his name.
How fitting that Kane adds a Wallabies cap to that list at the ground Luke now calls home - the Gold Coast's Skilled Park.
Glory in some form was destined for Douglas, as his first Wallaby cap coincided with what would have been his first grand final with Southern Districts in the Shute Shield.
Brother Luke, a top rugby league player at the Gold Coast Titans, said it was an easy decision.
"It would've been his first grand final for them but you can't turn down a Wallaby cap," Luke said.
Kane will replace Sitaleki Timani, who picked up a low-grade hamstring strain in the Wallabies' 26-19 victory over the Springboks.
Kane was informed of the news before training yesterday morning and immediately shared the news with his biggest fans.
"Me and dad were just sitting around the TV when the text came through," Luke said.
"We're all pretty proud of him."
Kane will have plenty of support on Saturday night, as most of the Douglas family will make their way up the coast.
"We're going to try to get everyone up there for it," Luke said.
"He's worked really hard to get to where he is now and he's earned every bit of it."
He will be in the second row with seasoned veteran Nathan Sharpe, who will be captain for the first time.
Current first grade Buccaneers coach Paul Rheinberger said the club would lift at the news of the achievement.
"How's that - a rugby player from Yamba is now a Wallaby," Rheinberger said. "It goes to show that with a bit of heart and hard work, you can go a long way."