Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Kane Aims to Lock in Reds Spot

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Kane Aims to Lock in Reds Spot

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RUGBY UNION: Lock Kane Douglas is hoping for a new lease on life under newly appointed Queensland Reds coach Brad Thorn when the side's season kicks off against a remodelled Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park tonight.

Douglas will be looking for stability in the Reds line-up this season after drifting in and out of the squad in 2017.

But he will have to do it from the bench with Thorn opting for the lock pairing of Wallabies young guns Izack Rodda and Lukhan Tui.

But it is an opportunity for competition with his own teammates that Douglas is relishing.

"We have got a few blokes who can play lock or in the second row and those guys are all at a great level," he said.

"They are both Wallabies now as well and deserve their spots. I just have to prove I deserve to be there as well.

"There is a healthy competition for spots, which I think just pushes you to work harder. It is a good pressure."

The former Wallabies enforcer said he is also learning a lot off his new coach, with the former All Blacks forward bringing a similar style to his coaching as he displayed in his playing days. …

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