Monday 19 February 2018

Douglas coy over Wallabies future

Leinster's new signing Kane Douglas could still play against Ireland later this year despite being axed from Ewen McKenzie's squad.

The second-row has declared his commitment to play again for the Wallabies despite moving to Ireland on a three-year deal that is set to at least double his salary.

"Whatever happens, happens. I would love to wear the gold jersey and if I get the chance to play this year, I would do all I can to make the team go as well as it can go," Douglas said.

"I just have to keep playing good footy and if they choose me, they choose me. But if they find reasons not to, so be it. When my contract ends in Ireland, in the back of my head I would like to think I would like to come back and wear it again."


Irish prop John Andress has linked up with his former Ulster coach Alan Solomons after penning a two-year deal with Edinburgh.

"I know how good a coach Alan Solomons is and what he brings to the table, so I'm delighted to get a chance to work under his guidance again," said the 30-year-old former Ireland 'A' prop, who signs from Worcester after spells with Exeter and Harlequins.

"He feels that the club has a good infrastructure in place and is now looking to build on it," he said.

"He wants to make the club's academy system even stronger and build a really good first team for the youngsters to be exposed to, learn from, and grow into first-class players, in order to build a club structure that will become self-reliant."

Solomons added: "John is well known to me from my time in Ulster when he was a young boy playing U-20 rugby. He is an outstanding scrummager, but is also good around the field. He will bring a lot to this club. We need depth in that tighthead position.

"He came through the age grades in Ireland and I think did the right thing in signing for Exeter. He then joined Harlequins and Worcester in the Premiership, which means he comes to us with a lot of tighthead experience."

Irish Independent

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