Luke Douglas

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Luke Douglas
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Personal information
Full name Luke Archibald Douglas
Born (1986-05-12) 12 May 1986 (age 30)
Yamba, New South Wales, Australia
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 112 kg (17 st 9 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–2011 Cronulla Sharks 146 10 0 0 40
2012–2016 Gold Coast Titans 117 4 0 0 16
2017– St. Helens 0 0 0 0 0
Total 263 14 0 0 56
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–2011 Prime Minister's XIII 3 2 0 0 8
2012 NSW Country 1 0 0 0 0
2013–16 Scotland 5 1 0 0 4
As of 1 August 2016
Source: [1]

Luke Archibald Douglas (born 12 May 1986) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for St. Helens in the English Super League. His position of choice is at Prop. He played for Scotland in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.[2] He previously played for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and Gold Coast Titans.

Early career[edit]

Douglas played junior football for the Yamba Eagles and Lower Clarence Magpies.

Cronulla Sharks[edit]

Douglas made his first grade debut for Cronulla in its season-opener against the Brisbane Broncos in Round 2, 2006.

In 2007, Douglas was selected for Country Origin but withdrew by claiming injury at the request of his club coach, Ricky Stuart.[3] Douglas then played 24 hours later for the Cronulla Sharks. In 2010, he was picked as 18th man for the New South Wales State of Origin team for the third match but he didn't play.

Between his first grade debut in Round 2, 2006 and Round 23, 2014 inclusive he never missed a first grade match through injury or suspension. His run of 215 games straight is the record for most consecutive appearances,[4] and the most from debut.[5] He surpassed the previous record of 194, held by Jason Taylor, on 10 March 2014 against his former club the Cronulla Sharks. His coach, John Cartwright, said his record was, "remarkable, especially playing in the front row, he plays pretty big minutes as well."[5]

His unbroken streak of NRL matches since debut came to an end in August 2014 when he was one of several past and present Sharks players to accept a year-long ban, backdated to 21 November 2013, as part of ASADA's investigation into the club's controversial supplements program.[6]

On 20 April 2011, it was announced that Douglas had signed a three-year contract with the Gold Coast Titans.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Douglas is the second son of Archibald and Trish Douglas. His younger brother Kane Douglas is a professional rugby union player for the Queensland Reds and Wallabies.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ Herald (24 October 2013). "Mum's the word as Douglas seeks happier ending". The Glasgow Herald. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "State of No-rigin: the best never picked". NRL.com. 
  5. ^ a b Dean Ritchie (21 March 2012). "Gold Coast Titans prop Luke Douglas eyes consecutive games record". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  6. ^ The ASADA ban has ended Gold Coast Titan Luke Douglas’ record run of 215 consecutive NRL games, Gold Coast Bulletin, 22 August 2014
  7. ^ ABC Sport - Titans snap up Douglas
  8. ^ [2]

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