Holmes has been playing regularly on the wing for Leeds in the RFU Championship but was back at Twyford Avenue this week as cover for Christian Wade, who has been training with England, and he says he’s thoroughly enjoying his spell with his loan club.
“I’m back for the next couple of weeks, training full time as cover while Christian is away with England. It’s good to be back for a little bit to check in with the others and see the progress everyone has been making. What has been very helpful this week is being able to spend some time in analysis and have a look at how all the other wingers have been playing so I can tailor my training accordingly.”
An exciting graduate from the London Wasps Academy, Jonah is relishing the chance to be playing top flight rugby regularly and said he is especially thriving under the tutelage of James Lowe.
“Leeds is a great place for me to be at the moment. The atmosphere is really friendly and the guys are a great bunch who made me feel welcome from the moment I arrived. The set up really suits me too and I am also getting a lot of game time, playing 80 minutes week in week out, which is brilliant for my development as a player. There really isn’t any substitute for playing time!”
“I am 100% involved and focused with everything up in Leeds and am trying to gather as much experience and develop myself on the wing as much as possible. I have been given every opportunity by the coaches, who I get on with really well, especially Jimmy Lowe who is an ex British rugby league player. He has been really helping me out with my personal skills and it’s doing me the world of good.”
Having spent much of his youth playing scrum half, this season Holmes has made the switch fully to the wing and has made a brilliant start, scoring a try in his last four appearances.
“I am really enjoying playing on the wing and it has been good to nail down a position to focus on after having spent some time playing scrum half too. Last year after pre-season testing, I spoke to Dai Young and he was pleased with the results and the club identified me with a lot of potential to switch positions. Last year I spent my time split between playing scrum half and on the wing and this season is the first transition into ‘full-time’ winger.”
Though he’s fully immersed in rugby with Leeds at the moment, Holmes always has an eye on Wasps.
“I have just sorted all of the sports channels for the first time in my life, so I have been able to watch Wasps and keep up with the games in the league!”
Holmes could be in line to represent Wasps in the coming weeks with the LV=Cup looming.
“It would be nice to get a run out in the LV=Cup, but it obviously depends on what the coaches want to do and what happens with our own wingers ere. At the end of the day I would like to play and any opportunity I have to play while I’m back here with Wasps I will take!”