Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Kane Sets Sights High

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Kane Sets Sights High

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Byline: Tim Howard and Jennifer Huxley

FORMER Clarence Valley rugby union star Kane Douglas gave the code notice he is aiming for higher honours with a storming performance in Saturday night's Super 14 trial for NSW against Queensland at Toowoomba.

Douglas, 19, played almost 70 minutes at lock (second row) against NSW's arch rivals the Reds and impressed all with his commitment and work rate in his side's 17-5 victory.

"I felt I went pretty well," said Douglas yesterday.

"I only got five or ten minutes off the bench last time (a trial with NSW last season), so this was my first big chance."

Although excited with his performance a realistic Douglas is not certain he will get a similar opportunity in the final two trial games before the Super 14 season begins.

"We have another trial on Friday against the Fiji Warriors at Cessnock and the final trial is the following weekend against the Brumbies in Sydney," he said.

"I have a couple of second rowers in front of me and we have our Wallabies to come back in as well. I will find out on Wednesday what happening with me."

However, the teenager is excited about his prospects for the Australian Under-20 team that will tour Japan later this year.

"I almost made this team last season, so I think I've got a good chance this time.

"They have a couple of camps down in Canberra in March or April and pick the team from that."

Despite his position in the NSW pecking order Douglas would not be surprised if he did win his first Super 14 Waratah jersey this season.

"I've got to work on my strength and fitness, which will come as I get older, but there will be plenty of opportunities throught the season," he said.

"But if it doesn't happen this year I won't be too worried. At my age I have some time on my side and there are plenty of other opportunities for me. …

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