NEW HORIZONS: Queensland Reds prop Greg Holmes is tackled during a game against ACT Brumbies in Brisbane. Holmes has signed to play in England after the 2016 Super Rugby season.
NEW HORIZONS: Queensland Reds prop Greg Holmes is tackled during a game against ACT Brumbies in Brisbane. Holmes has signed to play in England after the 2016 Super Rugby season. DAVE HUNT

Holmes signs overseas for the end of 2016's Super Rugby

RUGBY UNION: Allora prop Greg Holmes might be moving to England at the end of the 2016 Super Rugby season but hasn't given up his dream to play another World Cup for the Wallabies.

It was announced yesterday he had signed a two-year deal with the Exeter Chiefs from the 2016-17 season.

Holmes made his Reds debut in 2005 and has amassed 132 games to be the most-capped Reds prop.

After playing in this year's World Cup, Holmes took his game tally in Australian colours to 24.

Australian coach Michael Cheika was part of the discussions as Holmes signed with Exeter.

"Michael has told me if I am playing well enough, he will pick me for the Wallabies in the 2016 season," Holmes said.

If selected, Holmes, 32, will have the chance to play in a Wallabies team chasing a rare Bledisloe Cup victory.

"That would be pretty special, I don't think anyone in the team will have won a Bledisloe Cup," he said.

The prop said it was a long way into the future to talk about his career after this two-year deal with Exeter.

"I could play on with Exeter or come back to Australia and try to play in another World Cup," Holmes said.

Talking to the former Allora student, there is no doubt he is enthusiastic about the future, even if playing in England as early as 2016-17 wasn't part of his current plan.

"It was a good opportunity which came up after the World Cup," he said.

"Exeter is a good club, it is a nice part of England and we decided to go for it. Playing overseas at some time is something my wife Alana always wanted me to do. She is even keen to take our little dog over, which I will look into."

Holmes is in awe of the support for his career from parents Keith and Maria who have only missed travelling from Allora to Brisbane once to watch his home games for the Reds.

The reality is they won't be flying to England each fortnight for an Exeter home game but Holmes expects plenty of visits from family and reckons they will need a visitors' room in their home in England.

Before he thinks about Exeter, Holmes has a season to go with the Reds and said all the Reds players and staff were excited about 2016.

"We are pretty confident," he said.



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