Saturday 20 January 2018

Leinster confirm Wallaby signing

Kane Douglas will join Leinster when his NSW Waratahs contract expires later in the year
Kane Douglas will join Leinster when his NSW Waratahs contract expires later in the year

Leinster have confirmed the signing of Australian lock Kane Douglas from the New South Wales Waratahs.

The 24 year old, who made his Australian debut in 2012 against Argentina and has gone on to win 13 further caps since then had been widerly expected to join and will link up with his new team-mates when his Australian Rugby Union contract expires later in the year.

He will face stiff competition for a starting spot with Devin Tonet and Mike McCarthy near the front of the queue, with Leo Cullen retiring after the RaboDirect Pro12 final against Glasgow.

“It's a big decision but one which I am very excited about,” he said.

“I've had plenty of time to weigh lots of things up and the time is right for me and my partner to experience something new and something totally different. We are heading for a new challenge in life and that's what excites us.”

“Leinster is a massive club in Europe with a proud tradition and I'm really looking forward to doing my bit to add to the team once my commitments are done here in Australia”

He conceded he is still concentrating on his rugby in Australia, but coach Matt O’Connor has said Douglas will be a welcome addition to the squad.

“For a young guy he already has a wealth of rugby knowledge and experience under his belt and  we also feel that he has the right character to succeed at Leinster.”

O’Connor also officially confirmed Cullen's role Leinster’s Forwards Coach for next season, while Richie Murphy has signed a new deal with the province as Assistant Coach, with responsibility for skills and kicking. Murphy will also be seconded on a regular basis to the Irish Rugby Football Union in a similar role.

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