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Home-grown hero honoured

Our local hero, Wallaby star Kane Douglas presented Yamba Buccaneers Rugby Union president Bob Thompson with a Queensland Red’s rugby jersey which had been autographed by the team. Kane was in Yamba on Saturday to unveil the new signage of the rugby field No 2, which has been named

Australian Wallabies star Kane Douglas returned to his home town of Yamba for the naming of Yamba’s rugby field in his honour on Saturday.
The former junior Buccaneer player spent time catching up with old mates and took time out to talk with young Yamba players.
Prior to the formal unveiling, Clarence Valley mayor Jim Simmons addressed the large crowd which had gathered for the event.
“Congratulations to Kane who represents the Buccaneers, Yamba and the entire Clarence Valley so admirably for both the Queensland Reds and the Australian Wallabies,” Mayor Simmons said.
“Kane played his junior rugby with the Yamba Buccaneers, captaining the under-17 team to a premiership in 2006.
“In 2009 Kane, debuted for the NSW Waratahs. Kane then debuted for the Australian Wallabies side to face Argentina in 2012. He has played 79 Super Rugby games and 31 Test matches for Australia.”
Kane said that it was great to be back home and this was a very special occasion for both him and his family.
“It’s a weird feeling [to have a field named after you], but it’s something to treasure for years to come,” Kane said.
At the end of the unveiling Kane presented a signed Queensland Red’s rugby jersey to Yamba Buccaneers Rugby Union president Bob Thompson, before signing autographs for his young fans.
Prior to the commencement of the Buccaneers game against Kyogle, Kane presented each of the Buccaneers with their game day jerseys.
Kane watched the match from the side lines, which saw the Buccaneers win 69 over Kyogle 8.
See pages 17 and 30 for photos.