Leicester Tigers wing Jonah Holmes says he is glad to be back in club colours after narrowly missing out on inclusion in Wales’ squad for the Rugby World Cup.
The 27-year old has already scored three Tigers tries so far this season – including a double against Northampton Saints last time out at Welford Road – and resumes on the right wing for Round 2 of the Gallagher Premiership against Saracens this Sunday (October 27, 3.00pm).
“I’m really proud to be part of this Tigers team.”Jonah Holmes
In an exclusive interview for the latest edition of the club’s matchday magazine, Holmes explains how a leg injury at the back-end of last season meant it was a race against time to get back fit in time to join Warren Gatland’s squad in Japan.
“As soon as the rest of the boys left for the off-season, I was still in and rehabbing my leg injury,” he says.
“I had a week off, and then I was straight into the Wales training camp, where the late stages of my rehab took place, and that was all pretty gruelling.”
After a third Test start against Ireland in the final warm-up match before head coach Gatland named his 31-man squad, Holmes admitted to being ‘gutted’ at missing out on the trip to the East.
But, as he explains, that just means he’s back in club colours earlier than he might otherwise have been.
He continues: “Obviously, I was absolutely gutted not to be selected in that squad, but the silver-lining for me was coming back here and being part of what’s being built here.
“I was unfortunate with being in the position that I was, rehabbing when I got into the squad and rehabbing for most of that pre-season, but I’m really grateful that I got the chance I did.
“But I’m really proud to be part of this Tigers team, and I’m glad to be back.”
Read more from Holmes in the latest edition of the club’s 100-page programme available this weekend, as the Stockport-born wing discusses try tallies, international ambitions and how he feels to be considered a Tigers Family favourite.
The Tigers matchday magazine has been refreshed for the new season with fresh features, a new look and more pocket-friendly size to allow supporters to keep up to date with life at both Welford Road and the club’s Oval Park training base.
As well as regular features including ‘From the Touchline’ with head coach Geordan Murphy and match notes from chairman Peter Tom CBE, supporters can also see tighthead Joe Heyes take on our Quick-Fire Questions, and get the lowdown on Saracens among a host of exclusive features.
And, with just as much content as before packed into a programme that fits perfectly into a pocket on the Breedon Terrace or over a pint in one of the four stands at Welford Road, you can pick up your copy for just £3.