Doueihi ready for central casting at Souths
Adam Doueihi burst onto the scene in the centres for Lebanon during last year's World Cup and will call on that experience when he replaces Greg Inglis on South Sydney's left edge in Saturday night's clash with the Warriors.
Alex Johnston's hamstring injury has forced Rabbitohs coach Anthony Siebold to shift Inglis back to the No.1 jersey for the first time since he suffered an ACL injury in early 2017.
Doueihi joined a rare group when he made his international debut for the Cedars during the tournament before playing a game in either the NRL Telstra Premiership or English Super League.
Robbie Farah, Anthony Minichiello, and more recently Apisai Koroisau, are prime examples of players who have represented their countries before going on to establish themselves in first grade.
"I obviously approach it differently when I'm at training doing drills," Doueihi said of the positional switch.
"Siebs gets me in different positions and uses my versatility off the bench I've been bringing.
"To get the chance to start this week in the centres I'm really looking forward to it."
Doueihi joked the only position he'd avoid is the front row. But with the Holden State of Origin coming up, South Sydney are facing further reshuffles over the representative period.
Inglis and teammate Dane Gagai are locked in for Queensland, while Damien Cook, Angus Crichton and Cody Walker are in the frame for NSW selection.
The Burgess brothers Sam, Tom, and George could all be headed to Denver for the Test against New Zealand on June 23.
Doueihi's versatility is set to come into play over the coming month with the Lebanon international confirming plans were in place to fill any voids at the club.
"We're going to lose a fair few players with the form some of our key players are in," Doueihi said.
"[Seibold] mentioned to trial me in different positions at training. I'm putting my best foot forward and showing how versatile I am."
The Bunnies are in the final week of a four-game block that has included away trips to Newcastle and Townsville – both resulting in impressive victories.
They left for New Zealand on Thursday for their clash with the Warriors.
"We've gone a bit early [on away trips]," Doueihi said. "We spend a couple of days there bonding with the team and spending more time together.
"There's a lot of relaxation at the hotel and the boys are getting to know each other. It seems to be working with tough gritty wins on the weekend."