Rugby World Cup
Kane Douglas would've been playing for Scotland if Australia hadn't come calling
ESPN Staff
October 14, 2015
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Australia's Kane Douglas says he would have been playing for Scotland if the Wallabies had not come calling.

The two sides meet in the World Cup quarterfinals at Twickenham this Sunday, and Douglas could very well have been lining up in dark blue instead of green and gold. 

"Yeah, I would have been if I hadn't played for Australia," he said.

Douglas' grandfather hails from Glasgow's Springfield Road, and the forward was born in Maclean, a small community known as 'The Scottish Town' in Australia that holds an annual Highland gathering.

Australia lock Kane Douglas applauds the supporters
Australia lock Kane Douglas applauds the supporters© MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images

His older brother Luke, an NRL prop with the Gold Coast Titans, also represented Scotland in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, with their father coming over to the United Kingdom to watch.

"He's Archibald Douglas my dad is, it's a very Scottish name," said Kane. "Hopefully he comes over in the next couple of weeks. He's building his house at the moment.

"My brother's played a few games for them [Scotland] and he's hoping to play a few more."

The 26-year-old only returned to the Australia set-up in July having been part of Michael Cheika's Super Rugby-winning Waratahs squad in 2014, and is enjoying his time back in the international fold after a difficult spell with Leinster in Ireland.

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"They're a good bunch of guys and great staff," Douglas says. "I made a big decision and it's going well for at the minute, so I'm pretty happy.

Douglas, who missed the end of the season with a back injury, left Europe just one year into a three-year contract to return home and sign for the Queensland Reds in July.

"I liked my time there [at Leinster]," he said. "I'm glad I made the decision to go over there and I'm glad I made the decision to come home. I don't regret anything and I think I packed a few more scrums and a few more mauls then I would have in Australia, so I'm hoping it was a good decision."

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