Zack Holmes (born 30 May 1990) is an Australian rugby union player who plays for Toulouse in Top 14. He is a utility back who has played Fly-half and at centre.

Zack Holmes
Zack Holmes 2017.jpg
Birth nameZack Holmes
Date of birth (1990-05-30) 30 May 1990 (age 29)
Place of birthPerth, Western Australia, Australia
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight87 kg (13 st 10 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half/Centre
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Associates (WA) ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014
2015−2017
2017–
Perth Spirit
La Rochelle
Toulouse
10
48
47
(80)
(418)
(173)
Correct as of 19 May 2019
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–13
2014–15
Brumbies
Western Force
10
22
(79)
(44)
Correct as of 31 October 2015

Early careerEdit

The ARU lists Holmes' Representative Honours as including WA Schools (2007) and Combined States (2007).[1] He played for the Australian Sevens[2] at the USA Sevens tournament in Las Vegas, and he was a member the Australian 2009–10 IRB Sevens squad that played in George and Dubai.[1]

Holmes grew up in Perth. His father Graeme, a New Zealander and former Waikato halfback,[1] encouraged his son in sports. In addition to rugby union Holmes also played Australian rules and soccer.[3] He said his three biggest rugby influences were his Dad, Michael O'Connor and Scott Fava.[3]

In 2003 he held the national title for the 400 metres in his age-group.[1]

In late 2010 he was selected as part of the Perth XV to play teams from Victoria and South Australia in the Southern State Championships.[4]

Holmes studied at Aquinas College and the University of WA[1] and played club rugby at Associates RUFC before he moved from Perth to Sydney where he played senior rugby for Northern Suburbs at centre, on the wing, and also at full back.[3][5] In 2011 Holmes broke the Norths record for the 'most points in a single season'.

Professional careerEdit

Holmes joined the Western Force academy in 2009.[1]

In 2011 the Brumbies recruited Holmes as a 'utility back', and he performed well in a trial game in October.[6] He had been at Norths, in Sydney.[7] Holmes had signed a two-year contract with the Brumbies to commence 2012.[8] He made his debut in March, as substitute for wing Joseph Tomane, against the Chiefs at Baypark Stadium in Mount Maunganui.[9]

As "rookie fly-half"[10] he made his Brumbies run-on debut, in Wellington against the Hurricanes, in May. He had been selected as a No.10 replacement for the injured Christian Lealiifano.[11] As first-receiver Holmes helped guide the Brumbies to a 37–25 victory over the Hurricanes.[12][13][14] He kicked four conversions (from 4 attempts) and three penalty goals (from 4 attempts) and scored a try in the 69th minute.[15]

He returned to the Western Force for the 2014 Super Rugby season on a two-year deal.[16]

On 16 July 2015, Holmes left Western Force in Australia to join France Top 14 club La Rochelle on a two-year contract from the 2015-16 season.[17] On 14 December 2016, Holmes signed for French rivals Toulouse from the 2017-18 season.[18]

Super Rugby StatisticsEdit

As of 14 June 2015
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Cons Pens Drops Points Yel Red
2012 Brumbies 8 6 2 518 2 8 16 0 74 0 0
2013 Brumbies 2 0 2 30 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
2014 Western Force 12 4 8 408 1 2 3 0 18 0 0
2015 Western Force 10 6 4 525 0 4 6 0 26 0 0
Total 32 16 16 1481 4 14 25 0 123 0 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f ARU Profile
  2. ^ Dutton, Chris (29 February 2012). "Holmes says it's sevens heaven for young guns chasing rugby glory". Brisbane Times. Fairfax. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Norths, 10 questions with Zack-Holmes
  4. ^ RugbyWA Media (26 August 2010). "Perth XV selected". Western Force. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Brumbies profile".
  6. ^ "Holmes sets the pace".
  7. ^ "Norths, AJ misses Out".
  8. ^ "Holmes signs with Brumbies".
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Chiefs 29-22 Brumbies". South African Rugby Union. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  10. ^ AAP (18 May 2012). "Brumbies blow past Hurricanes in Wellington". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  11. ^ "Brumbies name Lealiifano replacement".
  12. ^ "Records tumble as Brumbies bust Wellington hoodoo" (Press release). Brumbies.
  13. ^ ABC (20 May 2012). "Brumbies gallop back to silence Hurricanes". Sports News. ABC. Reuters. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  14. ^ Harris, Bret (19 May 2012). "Brumbies find a new play-making star in form of Zack Holmes". Australian. News. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  15. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Hurricanes 25-37 Brumbies". South African Rugby Union. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Western Force agree two-year deal with utility back Zack Holmes". Sky Sports. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  17. ^ "La Rochelle sign Australian fly-half Holmes". MSN. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  18. ^ "Toulouse sign fly-half Zack Holmes from La Rochelle". Sky Sports. 14 December 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2017.

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