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Angry Waratahs lose Douglas for two weeks

Kane Douglas in Waratahs training before being injured

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Article Published: Thursday 17 January 2013|

The Waratahs resistance to releasing their Super Rugby players for a Wallabies camp ahead of the British & Irish Lions tour has been made worse by an injury to lock Kane Douglas.

Douglas was one of the 49 players who assembled in Sydney for a Wallabies logistics camp ahead of the British & Irish Lions tour in June but rolled his ankle playing touch football on the camp.

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika says that the injury will keep Douglas out of training for at least two week which means that he will mis a valuable part of pre-season training.

The Waratahs and the Queensland Reds have already said that they were not happy with the Australian Rugby Union's (ARU) plans to pull the best players out of Super Rugby for a camp three weeks before the the three-Test Lions series which kicks off on June 22.

Cheika said that the Australian Super Rugby teams had been been guaranteed by the ARU there wouldn't be any physical activity on the Lions camp but Douglas suffered the injury in a Wallabies v British Backpackers promotional touch game in a suburban park.

"We were assured there would be no rugby content whatsoever and we've had a player injured shooting an advertisement without the correct strapping," Cheika told AAP.

"He's now going to start the season with just two weeks of training - that type of stuff makes it (releasing players) hard to swallow.

"I understand mistakes can happen sometime but we can minimise them and that shouldn't be happening.

"That makes it very difficult to believe in the process when the details aren't being maintained correctly."

Australian coach Robbie Deans wants to prepare his squad for the Lions tour as best he can and wants to ARU to hold a camp from June the 1st in order to safeguard against late injuries and ensure that combinations gel.

However if the best players are pulled out of rugby the Reds, who sacrificed their Super Rugby bye, would not be able to play the Lions with a full strength team in a money-spinning sell-out match at Suncorp Stadium on June 8.

On the same weekend the other four Aussie Super Rugby teams play each other in local derbies and the Waratahs are worried that they will have to play a full strength Western Force team without most of the Waratahs forwards pack.

The Super Rugby teams voiced their opposition to the training camp at an ARU high-performance unit (HPU) meeting late last year but ARU has yet to make a final decision on the camp.

"If we're taking a consultation approach and the view from all the states at the HPU meeting was this shouldn't happen," Cheika said.

"If we're not being incorporated in the decision, then make the decision and be accountable for it."

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