Douglas brothers united in bid to grab Shute Shield glory
ONE of the most heart-breaking moments in Jake Douglas's life became the launching pad for one of the best decisions the Yamba product has made.
Douglas's life, as well as those of his friends and family, was rocked in May, 2013, after the death of mother, Trish Douglas.
He was at university and playing for Southern Districts at the time, but, once the season ended, he knew he needed a break.
As fate had it his club had an affiliation with Yorkshire club Driffield, and it was not long after that Douglas was on his way to the UK for the most unique experience of his life.
"I had no idea what to expect but it was the best thing I've ever done," Douglas said.
"It was wet, rainy and cold but really physical rugby. I don't think it's as fast as over here but it was tough.
"It was a great experience. I made a few lifelong friends out of it."
He returned to Southern Districts about May this year, and worked his way from third grade to the premier rugby competition in a matter of weeks.
Douglas will play alongside brother Kane for just the second time in tomorrow's Shute Shield grand final. The first was in round 13 this year, with the Douglas brothers starting as left and right lock against Penrith.
"He's pretty inspirational," Douglas said of Kane.
"That game against Penrith was awesome. They were full of big islanders and he just knocked them over like they were nothing.
"It lifted the rest of us; it made me want to go and do it too."
Kane will head to the UK to link with Leinster in the next few months.
His starting date with the Irish club is yet to be determined, with him being contracted to the Waratahs until December this year.
Although he made himself available, the 25-year-old missed out on selection in the Wallabies side for tomorrow night's Bledisloe Cup match against New Zealand in Sydney.