Leicester Tigers wing Jonah Holmes says he has ‘a big point to prove’ in a green, white and red shirt ahead of Round 12 in this season’s Gallagher Premiership.
The 27-year-old has been part of Wales’ wider training squad for the Six Nations Championship, though has been released for club duties in recent weeks.
“It could be tough if I let it get tough,” Holmes said, when asked about juggling international ambitions with his full-time role in Leicester.
“Whenever I’m over in camp [with Wales], my mind is on trying to impress and trying to get playing, but when I come back here I want to play and I want to impress.
“But I’ve got a big point to prove here. My mind set’s the same all the time, whenever I can; it’s to impress.”
After missing six games through injury, Holmes has made a welcome return to Welford Road in recent weeks – albeit not in the conditions he’d prefer.
“Coming back during the two storms we’ve had has been a bit irritating. I think I’ve probably touched the ball three times in 180 minutes,” he joked.
“But I was enjoying my rugby before, and enjoying my rugby now – it’s just not quite going our way. Every team is dangerous.
“We can’t dwell on [last week’s loss at Sale] too much. It wasn’t great, but as usual there’s always good stuff to come out of it and we’re looking forward to this weekend.”
And despite tricky away form, Geordan Murphy’s men have won six of their last seven games at home. Holmes explained the squad will look to use the same template that has secured league wins over Wasps and high-flying Bristol so far in 2020.
He continued: “We’ve shown it in the last couple of games at home – we’ve got the result at home, and that’s been on the back of an away loss.
“That takes determination, and I think we’ve shown that and need to continue showing that.
“The home crowd has been amazing, and so we want to give them something to keep cheering us on.”
Match tickets for Tigers’ clash with Worcester Warriors this Saturday (February 29, 3.00pm) are available from £20 for adults and £8 for Under-18s at the Tigers ticket office, on 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or online using the links below.