Holmes stood down from Auckland Nines

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Holmes stood down from Auckland Nines

An apologetic Valentine Holmes has been dropped from this weekend’s NRL Auckland Nines by Cronulla after his early morning brush with police in Brisbane.

“This is my first indiscretion of any sort and while I know it is totally unacceptable, I also know it certainly won’t happen again,” said rising star Holmes in a club statement.

Holmes was on Monday banned from representing Queensland for a year after breaking curfew at a Queensland Emerging Origin players’ camp and getting into trouble at the weekend.

He was fined $1412 for obstructing police and causing a public nuisance at Fortitude Valley taxi rank at 4:45am on Sunday.

“I’d like to start by saying sorry to the Queensland staff, the players involved in the Origin camp and my Sharks teammates for my actions over the weekend,” Holmes said.

“I’d also like to apologise to my coach and club for putting them in a bad light.”

Sharks CEO Lyall Gorman said the club has zero tolerance for such matters.

“I am satisfied with the contrition shown by the player and his understanding that he has let down, not just himself, but so many people including the game overall.

“Following the internal discussions that have been held with Valentine I am comfortable with not only his genuine remorse, but also his absolute commitment that this incident will be a one-off event in what up until now has been an unblemished and exemplary career on and off the field.”

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