Rebels sign former Waratahs No.9 Josh Holmes

The Rebels have signed former Waratahs scrumhalf Josh Holmes as an injury replacement for Nic Stirzaker, who suffered his second ankle injury of the season during the Club’s 22-16 defeat to the Sharks in Round 12.

Holmes, the younger brother of Foundation Rebel Luke, has no shortage of Super Rugby experience and brings with him a strong passing and running game.

In the mould of Joost Van Der Westhuizen, standing comfortably over six feet, Holmes has starred this season for Warringah as they sit third on the Shute Shield table.

The 27 year old played for the Western Sydney Rams in the now-defunct Australian Rugby Championship (ARC) in 2007, losing to Burgess and the inaugural Melbourne Rebels in the Semi-Finals of that competition. He also made his Waratah debut in 2007, playing four games before moving to the ACT Brumbies following the retirement of George Gregan.

Holmes played 26 times for the Brumbies before featuring on sixteen occasions for the Waratahs during a second stint between 2010 and 2011. He then moved west to join the Western Force for the 2012 season, playing ten matches for the Sea of Blue, as well as experiencing European Rugby with the Bourgoin Club in France for a single season.

A prolific tryscorer who is also capable of playing inside centre, the 2006 IRB International U19 Player of the Year comes to Melbourne determined to make the most of another Super Rugby opportunity.

Rebels’ Rugby Operations Manager Baden Stephenson believes the Club are fortunate to pick up such an experienced player midway through the season.

“Josh is well known in Australian Rugby circles, and his signing will add considerable experience and depth to the Club in a key position,” Stephenson said.

“Josh has been in terrific form in the Shute Shield, he is hungry for an opportunity and we have confidence in his ability to step up at short notice.”

“As soon as we received the disappointing news regarding Nic’s injury, it was our intention to secure the best scrumhalf available in Australia and in signing Josh we have done exactly that. The Club is looking forward to welcoming him to Melbourne, and potentially see him join his brother in wearing the Five Stars at AAMI Park.”

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