Scotland international Luke Douglas is set to break the NRL record for most consecutive appearances when he runs out for Gold Coast Titans against Cronulla Sharks on Monday.
The 27-year-old has played the last 194 games in a row for Cronulla Sharks (146) and the Titans (48), which ties Sydney Roosters assistant coach Jason Taylor’s record. Taylor will present Douglas with the game ball after Monday’s game at the Remondis Stadium to commemorate his achievement.
NRL Head of Football, Todd Greenberg, today congratulated Douglas on his significant achievement: “It is a credit to Luke’s professionalism that he has been able to prepare himself week-in, week-out to achieve this mark,” he said.
“Luke has represented both the Titans and Sharks clubs with distinction during his career so it is fitting he can celebrate this milestone in front of so many of his family and friends.”
Here are some other NRL milestones that can or will be reached in round one:
- Cronulla captain Paul Gallen will become the second-most capped Sharks player of all-time, moving past David Peachey to sit on 233 games. Club legend Andrew Ettingshausen holds the record with 328 games.
- Melbourne captain Cameron Smith will become equal most capped Storm player in the club’s history, joining Matt Geyer on 262 games.
- South Sydney winger Nathan Merritt needs just one try to become the most prolific try-scorer in Rabbitohs history. Merritt (144 tries) currently shares the record for most tries with the legendary Benny Wearing, who set the mark in 1933.
- The Rabbitohs will play their 100th NRL match at ANZ Stadium in tomorrow night’s Telstra Premiership season-opener against the Roosters, with a crowd of around 30,000 set to attend the match.
- Wests Tigers will play the 350th game in their club history when they tackle the Dragons at ANZ Stadium on Sunday
- Dragons winger Brett Morris needs two tries to reach an NRL century