Douglas set for Leinster debut

Date published: September 23 2014

New Leinster lock Kane Douglas is set to make his debut for the Irish province against Cardiff Blues at the RDS Arena on Friday.

That was the word from Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor, who revealed the news at a press conference on Tuesday.

“Yeah, he arrived Friday,” said O’Connor.

“He’s had a couple of weeks off, which is great, off the back of playing a hell of a lot minutes in the Super Rugby campaign that New South Wales won.

“He’s fresh, he’s really eager to get involved. At this stage he’ll be involved at the weekend.”

O’Connor emphasised the need to have strength in depth throughout the entire squad when discussing Douglas’ recruitment.

“The feeling was that with Leo’s (Cullen) retirement there was a little bit of a void there in relation to an out-and-out world class lock,” he said.

“We’ve got guys that have played a lot of Test footy in McCarthy and Toner but it’s a fair slog with the league and Europe.

“To bring someone in with the age profile that Kane’s got – and just won the Super title, and he’s played Test rugby – it’s a great boost for us to have.

“He’s got an incredibly high work rate and we’ll be looking for him to be pretty big for us across the course of the season.

“It’s a long campaign; you need 40 good players. From that end, I think the group’s excited to have a bloke that’s going to contribute.”