Wallaby prop Holmes to head offshore

Wallaby prop Holmes to head offshore

Wallabies prop Greg Holmes will head overseas to join English Premiership side Exeter after the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Holmes on Monday confirmed he had signed a two-year deal Exeter from their 2016-17 season.

The 32-year-old has played 24 Tests for Australia, 11 of them this year after ending an eight-year absence when recalled by coach Michael Cheika and culminating at the World Cup where the noted scrummager was a regular fixture off the bench.

Holmes still has some unfinished business at the Queensland Reds where he is in sight of another record.

He has played 132 times for them since his Reds debut in 2005 and is already the most-capped Queensland prop.

And he may overtake Queensland’s most-capped player, Sean Hardman (148), in 2016 – but only if the Reds can produce a huge form reversal and make the finals.

They play 15 regular season games next year in the revamped Super Rugby competition.

Queensland – the 2011 Super Rugby champions – finished third last this season with a 4-12 record.

The Reds announced Holmes would receive an official farewell at their final regular season home game against the Melbourne Rebels on July 15.

“I’ve still got one year to go with the Reds and being my last year in Queensland it’s going to be tough emotionally, especially when the time comes to wear the jersey for the last time,” Holmes said.

“But I’ve had a special time as part of the Reds and I’m looking forward to making the most of the 2016 season.”

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