Douglas made his IRB World Sevens Series debut on the Gold Coast of Australia in October 2012, at just 18 years of age. That made him one of the youngest players to be used by Canada’s sevens team. This came after he had moved to Victoria as a teenager to become part of the BC Elite Youth Sevens program and became the first graduate to be named in a senior Canada sevens squad. Douglas’ debut campaign saw him feature on seven of the nine series events while during 2013-14 he appeared in six events before taking part in the Commonwealth Games. What makes the 21-year-old’s wing’s rise on the international scene all the more impressive is that before making his sevens bow in Australia, Douglas had to show a good deal of heart to fight his way back from a torn ACL and MCL in his knee, which he suffered during the fall of 2011. Douglas appeared in five events during the 2014-15 season and was Canada’s third highest try scorer as he tallied 15 tries.
Family: Parents Glen and Jeanette… Older Brothers Travis and Jared both played for Rugby Canada at age grade… Getting into the sport: Started playing rugby at age 13 after watching both brothers play… Outside Interests: Enjoys fishing and hunting… During the off-season he works at his parents’ dairy farm… Enrolled in general studies at University of Victoria… Odds and Ends: Nickname is JD…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
Men’s Sevens: 2013-14 – 6th
CWG: 2014 – 9th
SWC: 2013 – plate winners