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Holmes called up for Wales

Post by wolverhampton_tiger » Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:25 pm

Congratulations to Jonah for the call up.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/45863116

We'll be short of wingers in a few weeks.....

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Re: Holmes called up for Wales

Post by sapajo » Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:30 pm

Congratulations and well deserved he is a class winger but sadly Wales gain is our loss. We will certainly struggle even more with him gone in addition to all our other selected internationals. It will also may well now push up his profile and with that his contract renewal pay aspirations.
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Re: Holmes called up for Wales

Post by Stephen18 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:36 pm

Congrats and good luck to him, a player I feel was wasted last year under O’Connor In the a-league, but it does worry me that it will not only leave use short during the autumn internationals, and also make it even harder to keep him at the end of the season as in order to keep his place for Wales he’ll more than likely have to move to a welsh team.

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Re: Holmes called up for Wales

Post by Leicestertinytiger » Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:03 pm

Bitter sweet, if he really does want to play for Wales then he will have to move to the valleys. Our loss for their gain sadly.

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Re: Holmes called up for Wales

Post by TTRITH » Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:58 pm

Leicestertinytiger wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:03 pm
Bitter sweet, if he really does want to play for Wales then he will have to move to the valleys. Our loss for their gain sadly.
Did he sign a 2 or 3 year deal?
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Re: Holmes called up for Wales

Post by wormus » Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:05 pm

Drat!! He has a Welsh Grandparent that drank James Buckley's and also gave Jonah Rhyl rock :smt002
So he qualifies,
I note Owen Williams is not in the squad now, it would be interesting if he had stayed at Tigers but that is all water down the Severn.

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Re: Holmes called up for Wales

Post by JP14 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:27 pm

That leaves us with Olowefela, Thompstone and Aspland-Robinson as the wingers during the Als. That’s assuming Veainu plays for Tonga which isn’t a given.
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Re: Holmes called up for Wales

Post by kpj tiger » Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:02 pm

JP14 wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:27 pm
That leaves us with Olowefela, Thompstone and Aspland-Robinson as the wingers during the Als. That’s assuming Veainu plays for Tonga which isn’t a given.
Maybe we will see the likes of Freddie Steward get a shot during the PRC then?

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Re: Holmes called up for Wales

Post by Big Dai » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:43 pm

Delighted for Jonah, disappointed for Tigers. The bitter sweet reward for recognition.
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Re: Holmes called up for Wales

Post by Leicestertinytiger » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:54 pm

Big Dai wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:43 pm
Delighted for Jonah, disappointed for Tigers. The bitter sweet reward for recognition.
It wouldn’t be that bad if he was called up by England or Scotland. But the pressure from Wales for him to relocate to one of the regions will be hard for him to ignore.

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Re: Holmes called up for Wales

Post by Spicer » Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:12 pm

Think England have missed a trick. In a couple of years, whilst playing regularly, he could be a very good player either at FB or on the Wing.
Good for him however

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Re: Holmes called up for Wales

Post by kpj tiger » Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:30 pm

Rugby Pass reporting that Holmes is likely to have signed a pre-contract agreement with a Welsh region for next season already

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Re: Holmes called up for Wales

Post by Leicestertinytiger » Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:35 pm

kpj tiger wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:30 pm
Rugby Pass reporting that Holmes is likely to have signed a pre-contract agreement with a Welsh region for next season already
If Holmes does leave then I would want him replaced by an out and out fullback. I think we have enough wingers with May, Veainu, Olowofela and Thompstone.

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Re: Holmes called up for Wales

Post by jgriffin » Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:06 pm

Leicestertinytiger wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:35 pm
kpj tiger wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:30 pm
Rugby Pass reporting that Holmes is likely to have signed a pre-contract agreement with a Welsh region for next season already
If Holmes does leave then I would want him replaced by an out and out fullback. I think we have enough wingers with May, Veainu, Olowofela and Thompstone.
While that is possible, and Tigers will already know if so, the era of Gatland's Law (which never existed) has passed. Wales are simply aping IRFU with less money, and the millstone of Dragons around their necks. Owen Williams isn't in the squad because he has been either injured or ignored by Ackerman (who seems to be averse to some Welsh players cf. Moriarty).
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Re: Holmes called up for Wales

Post by sam16111986 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:26 pm

Leicestertinytiger wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:35 pm
kpj tiger wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:30 pm
Rugby Pass reporting that Holmes is likely to have signed a pre-contract agreement with a Welsh region for next season already
If Holmes does leave then I would want him replaced by an out and out fullback. I think we have enough wingers with May, Veainu, Olowofela and Thompstone.
Ideally one who is a rock under the high ball and has an absolute cannon of a boot. Just so we have a different option to TV.

As mentioned above Freddie Steward has been tipped as one to watch. Hopefully we'll see him used in the new cup thingy.

Holmes is pretty awesome in attach but his positioning and ability under the high ball need work. In a year or two he could be very handy but right now he's not international ready. I'd be surprised if he made the Wales world cup squad but fingers crossed for him.

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