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Waratah Kane Douglas confirms move to Leinster

Heading to Ireland: Kane Douglas.

Heading to Ireland: Kane Douglas. Photo: Getty Images

Waratahs second-rower Kane Douglas has confirmed he will leave Australian rugby a little more than a year out from the World Cup.

Douglas, a 13 Test Wallaby, will join Irish province Leinster on a two-year deal towards the end of the year.

In a sign his services would still be required by the Wallabies, a statement from Leinster said Douglas' start date would be confirmed at a later date.

"I value the Wallaby jumper and cherished every moment when wearing it," Douglas said.

"Who knows, one day down the track I may be considered good enough to wear it again.

"It's a big decision but one which I am extremely comfortable with.

"I've had plenty of time to weigh lots of things up and the time is right for me and my partner Jennerly to experience something new and something totally different.

"It's exciting for both of us."

Douglas said he was comfortable with the ARU negotiation process, and was focused on helping the Waratahs make the Super Rugby semi-finals.

"I'll be giving it everything I've got and I'm totally focused on doing my very best for the Tahs for the remainder of the year."

Douglas said he had discussed his decision with ARU chief Bill Pulver.

"I've had a chat to him and reaffirmed my passion for the Wallabies," he said.

"I am available this year if they consider me good enough for selection but what will be, will be."

7 comments so far

  • Bit weird when second row spots are up for grabs with Big Kev playing like a chump. But if he doesn't want it then that's that.

    Commenter
    Nato
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    May 20, 2014, 10:12PM
    • @ Nato

      I agree.... it's a bit weird but I think Kane has always thought he was just on the outer when it came to Wallaby selection.... so this is not too surprising. Having said that his form this season has been pretty good. His minutes of play are up and Poteiger's style/ game has had a real influence on him.
      Although this decision is a disappointing one for Aussie Rugby, in general, it's probably the best for him. Hence we should wish him all the best. And it's fair to say, at his age, he could come back all the better for his time at Leinster.... just look at Victor Mattfield and his selection for the Boks.

      Commenter
      Machooka
      Location
      inner west sydney
      Date and time
      May 21, 2014, 10:02AM
  • We keep hearing about how the Wallabies are good when Queensland is strong. Of course this is only something Queenslanders have ever said and is typically delusional. The only truth to it is that when Queensland is strong they don't have to force the Wallabies to pick duds like Horwill and Simmons so they get their quota in the test side. Good players like Douglas and Pyle are lost so we can keep paying top ups to these duds. The second row is the engine of the forward pack and unless Mckenzie smartens up the Wallabies will again lack the forward strength to achieve their potential against the top test playing sides rather than the second tier sides they beat on the spring tour last year.

    Commenter
    Carl
    Date and time
    May 20, 2014, 10:31PM
    • I wouldn't consider Douglas that much of a loss and there is no way that he has played consistently well enough - at a high enough level - to be topped up by the ARU. Agree that Horwill has become a passenger and Simmons is inconsistent but Douglas has had years to stamp his mark and simply hasn't been good enough.

      Commenter
      K9
      Date and time
      May 20, 2014, 11:48PM
      • The comments about he is not good enough at this stage is rubbish. A 24 year old, with 13 tests is pretty good I would think. Talk of Horwill being first picked makes these young blokes chase the $ instead of hanging around. Why would you stay here in hope of a top-up, when a bloke like Horwill continues to fail at S15 level, and the offer is there?

        A bit like Phil Waugh a few years back, when money was wasted on retaining him at the back end of his years with the ARU. That should have let him go then, as they should with the older players now.

        Careers are finite and these blokes have to take the money when it's there.....

        Commenter
        Winst
        Location
        Newport
        Date and time
        May 21, 2014, 6:45AM
        • Douglas is at last going hard , and going well . Leinster won't be disappointed . Must be the influence of the Bokkie who I can't spell .
          I too can't believe that we struggle on with Horwill and Simmons , and lose Douglas , Fardy and Mowen . Smart blokes Billy and The Link.

          The Reds Brigade are really disappointed , they say that only 5 Reds players are now going to make the Wallabies , and with Quadie out , they reckon Gill should be in , next week it will be Davies and Harris , or what about a bit of mongrel , O'Doherty .
          Not playing well but , they say that The Missing Link knows just how good they have been . I say when ? Surly not at the Reds who would be lucky to be at average about 7th , since this lot have have been playing . Surly not with the Wallabies who average about 3rd . Sorry forgot , dud Refs. And Robbie Deans .

          Commenter
          Mankad
          Location
          Up in Palmerland ?
          Date and time
          May 21, 2014, 8:25AM
          • Then as far as I'm concerned, this bloke wouldn't be considered for any type of Rep Football for this country and same applies to anyone else who is chasing the dollars ahead of wanting to promote footy in Australia....He isn't that crash hot anyhow.

            Commenter
            Mike
            Location
            Sydney
            Date and time
            May 21, 2014, 10:36AM

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