Kane Patrick Douglas
- 863Wallaby Number
A mobile and powerful lock Kane Douglas was a product of McLean on the New South Wales north coast.
Douglas began his rugby career at age 15 when he joined the Yamba Buccaneers. He did not represent at schools level but was selected in the Australian U20s squad for 2009 IRB Junior World Championship tournament in Japan.
A year later Douglas made his Super Rugby debut for the Waratahs and in 2012 played his maiden Test for the Wallabies against Argentina. In 2013 he partnered with then-captain James Horwill in the second row for all three Tests against the touring British & Irish Lions. The following year Douglas played a pivotal role in the Waratahs’ first Super Rugby title but then surprised with the announcement that he had signed with Irish club Leinster. While he learnt much about forward play from his northern hemisphere stint Douglas was just one year into a three-year deal before he was released.
Douglas then returned to Australia after he signed a three-year deal with the Queensland Reds. He was soon back in Wallaby colours before he won a place in the 2015 Rugby World Cup squad. Douglas’ tournament was brought to a premature close when he sustained a ruptured ACL just 14 minutes into the final against New Zealand.
Selected in the Australian U20s squad for the second-annual IRB Junior World Championship tournament in Japan.
Douglas won his first Test cap when selected at lock in the run-on side for the 23-19, 1st Test victory over Argentina on the Gold Coast. He won six caps for the year with two, against France and then Wales, coming on the end-of-season Spring Tour
He earned a further eight caps over the course of the season including one in each of the three home internationals against the British & Irish Lions.
Douglas missed the Rugby Championship title win but returned for the 2nd Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland and the international against the U.S.A. in Chicago. He went on to be one of only eight Wallabies to play in every match at the Rugby World Cup.
Douglas missed the June home series loss to England but returned for the Rugby Championship and the Spring Tour where he won eight caps, five of which came in the starting XV, from a possible twelve internationals.