Bolter Holmes has Li­ons pair in his sights

The Rugby Paper - - News - NEALE HAR­VEY

WALES’ new­comer Jonah Holmes in­sists he will not con­sider him­self a Test player un­til he is named in the Six Na­tions squad.

Holmes, 26, made his Red Dragons de­but at full-back against Tonga last month, com­plet­ing an ar­du­ous as­cent to the top that has en­com­passed spells at Wasps, Hen­ley, Lon­don Welsh, York­shire Carnegie and cur­rent side Le­ices­ter.

“I’m re­ally grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to win my first cap and I’ll rel­ish it, but I won’t con­sider my­self an in­ter­na­tional un­til I get a few more un­der my belt and I’ve got some prov­ing to do to get there,” Holmes, right, told The Rugby Pa­per.

“With play­ers like Leigh Half­penny and Liam Wil­liams well es­tab­lished and play­ing well, I’ve got a big task to com­pete.

“War­ren Gat­land and the other Welsh coaches were pretty pleased with how I went against Tonga and it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence, but I’ve got to make sure I per­form for Le­ices­ter and be in con­tention for the Jan­uary squad.”

Holmes en­joyed his first Wales camp, adding: “All the boys had played to­gether for a long time so it was quite daunt­ing as a new­bie, but they were all very sup­port­ive. I got to know them quickly and then it was just about play­ing rugby.” Holmes must now put runs on the board for a Le­ices­ter side whose Cham­pi­ons Cup hopes hang by a thread ahead of back-to­back clashes with Rac­ing 92. He said: “We got our foot in the door af­ter beat­ing Scar­lets well last time out in one of our best per­for­mances. It was a mas­sive ef­fort that day but it will count for noth­ing if we don’t back it up now against Rac­ing.”

Hav­ing con­ceded over four tries per game in the Premier­ship so far, Holmes added: “Too many points are go­ing in against us but we’re on to that and stay­ing pos­i­tive. We are by no means out of these com­pe­ti­tions if we can fix it.”

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