Kane Douglas set to quit Australia
May 5, 2014
Kane Douglas looks set to play for Leinster next year © Getty Images
New South Wales Waratahs and Australia second-row Kane Douglas will join Irish province Leinster at the end of the Super Rugby season, a decision which will probably see him rule himself out of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Douglas, who has played 14 Tests for the Wallabies, is reported by News Corp to be finalising his release with the Australian Rugby Union. The Waratahs forward will become the second young second-row in as many weeks to quit Australian rugby, with Hugh Pyle having already announced he was leaving Melbourne Rebels for France. Wallabies captain Ben Mowen is also departing Australia for France at the end of the year.
Leinster are due to confirm their first batch of signings and contract extensions for 2014-2015 on Tuesday, but franchise officials have not confirmed whether Douglas is on the list. The Sunday Times has reported, however, that Douglas will be joining the province.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Hatem Ben Arfa has endured a "humiliating" summer at Newcastle United but may outstay manager Alan Pardew, according to his agent
Former England flanker Richard Hill has been appointed to a key role in the RFU's youth development programme
Newport Gwent Dragons have marked the return of Lee Byrne to Welsh rugby by naming the fullback as their captain for the new season
Ferran Soriano says Manchester City's summer transfer business will be complete when they bring in a central defender and rejected suggestions that they "sign players for the sake of it"
Toulon are still coming to terms with life after Jonny Wilkinson as head coach Bernard Laporte admitted he has not decided who should replace the former talisman at fly-half