'Tahs quest is no joke

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 2.01m lock, brother of NRL player Luke Douglas, will line up for the NSW Waratahs in their rugby union trial match against the Queensland Reds at Oakes Oval, Lismore, on Saturday, January 23.

That is where the serious stuff starts.

Douglas plans 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.

“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 first-round 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 a 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 minds, 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 to do as much as I can.”

The match will be held at Oakes Oval starting at 7.40pm. Tickets at ticketek.com or phone 132 849.

WARATAHS’ TRIALS: v Queensland Reds at Lismore, January 23; v Fiji Warriors at Wade Park, Orange, January 30; v ACT Brumbies at Viking Park, Tuggeranong, February 4.

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