Cheika: ‘Douglas wants to come home’

Date published: July 6 2015

Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika has suggested that Kane Douglas could play a part in the World Cup if he returns to Australia.

Douglas joined Leinster in the PRO12 after helping the Waratahs win their first Super Rugby title in 2014.

Cheika suggested that Douglas was eager for a return to Australia despite only one season overseas, and that the lock would be considered for selection should he do so.

Douglas signed a three-year deal when he joined Leinster with Cheika admitting that his former side would have to be willing to release the 26-year-old, who has won 14 caps.

"At this stage, in fairness to Kane… I've heard he's keen to come home," Cheika told RugbyHeaven.

"But we've got to see how that pans out. He has to have the intention to come back or he doesn't qualify.

"But time is of the essence. It's not like we can wait a couple of weeks and say 'come back when you feel like it'. But if he was fit and able, he'd be considered."