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Kane Douglas could be back in the green and gold for the World Cup, after committing to Australian rugby.

As soon as he was released from Irish club Leinster, it seemed only a matter of time before the backrower would be a Queensland Red, and the club and AustralianRugby Union confirmed his signing on Friday.

Douglas has been signed to a three year deal with the Reds and the ARU, with the 14 cap Wallabyneeding to be locked to a local franchise to be eligible for the Wallabies.cheap nfl jerseys

The 26 year old former Super Rugby winningWaratahs lock opted for the Reds to be closer to his family and will be a handy replacement for departing James Horwill, who is headed to the London Harlequins after the World Cup.

Douglas’s signing spices up theWorld Cup selection, with pressure on Dean Mumm and Will Skelton to perform in next week’s Bledisloe Test, though the 199kg, 202cm man mountaincould yet be included in the Wallabies squad for the August 8 Rugby Championship decider.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika had hinted at his keenness to lock Douglas in for the Wallabies in recent weeks, after news broke that Douglas wantedto come home.

“It’s great to see Kane back playing his rugby in Australia for the long term,” Cheika said.

“His return will bolster our tight five stocks and that is a strong objective of ours over the next 18 months.

“Kane will join a very competitive race to the wear the number four and five jerseys within the Wallabies, with (Rob) Simmons, Skelton, Horwill, (Rory) Arnold, (Sam) Carter and Mumm all in the mix.