He was a couple of days late for pre-season training but the Titans' 2015 player of the year Luke Douglas has been inspired to reach even greater heights after watching his brother at the Rugby World Cup.
Kane Douglas became an integral part of the Wallabies squad as they won their way through to the World Cup final before suffering an ACL injury 15 minutes into the decider against New Zealand, won 34-17 by the All Blacks.
Luke sought special permission from coach Neil Henry before making the trip to England with his father Chris and said seeing Kane perform so well is motivation to help turn around the fortunes of the Titans in 2016.
"It has really inspired me to have a big season," Douglas said upon his return to Titans training on Tuesday.
"I’ve had a disrupted off-season I suppose but I needed to rest the body too.
"To see him come from where he was to do so well on the big stage obviously has inspired me to make the most of next season.
"I just want to play my best, be consistent and help the young blokes out and who knows what’s possible if I do that.
"It was so good for Dad to experience what Kane achieved and if we really gel in the off-season and perform it would be great to give him some more joy."
For the full story on Douglas's World Cup journey – including the famous face he sat near during the semi-final – click here