Holmes heading to Wales after leaving Leicester

LONDON (AFP) – Wales’ Jonah Holmes is set to play club rugby in Wales after English Premiership side Leicester announced on Wednesday they were releasing the wing from the final year of his contract.

Currently, any player with under 60 caps for Wales cannot be picked if they are not playing for a Welsh region.

But the rule does not apply to the likes of Holmes, who won the last of his three Wales caps in a World Cup warm-up last year, as the 27-year-old signed his club contract before making his Test debut.

Wales coach Wayne Pivac, however, wants players to be home-based so he can have the maximum amount of time with them rather than the minimum permitted under World Rugby regulations if they stay at English clubs.

Holmes joined Leicester from second-tier English side Yorkshire Carnegie ahead of the 2017/18 season and won his first Wales cap, against Tonga, in November 2018.