Valentine Holmes

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Valentine Holmes
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Personal information
Full name Valentine Holmes
Born (1995-07-24) 24 July 1995 (age 24)
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 90 kg (14 st 2 lb; 200 lb)
Playing information
Position Wing, Fullback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014–18 Cronulla Sharks 105 66 51 3 369
2020– North Qld Cowboys 0 0 0 0 0
Total 105 66 51 3 369
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2016–18 Australia 13 17 9 0 86
2017–18 Queensland 5 8 6 0 44
As of 24 November 2019
Source: [1]

Football career
Free agent
Position: Running back
Return specialist
Career information
High school: Ignatius Park College
(Townsville, Australia)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Valentine Holmes (born 24 July 1995) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays for the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League. A fullback or winger, he is an Australian international and Queensland State of Origin representative. He began his career with the Cronulla Sharks, with whom he won the 2016 NRL Premiership. In 2019, he made a switch to the National Football League, spending several months on the New York Jets' practice squad.


Holmes was born in Townsville, Queensland on 24 July 1995[2] to a Cook Islands mother[3] and a Māori father.[4]

He played his junior rugby league in Townsville for the Western Lions, before being signed by National Rugby League club, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, in 2012 at the age of 17. Holmes moved to Sydney in 2013 to play for the Sharks' SG Ball Cup team. Later that year, he made his debut for the Sharks NYC team, scoring 17 tries in 10 games[5] and played representative rugby league for the Queensland Under 18s team. In September 2013, Holmes, whose father is from New Zealand, was named in the 2013 Junior Kiwis train-on squad.[6][7] In December 2013, Holmes was named in the 2014 Queensland Academy of Sport Under 20s Emerging Origin squad.[8]

Rugby league career


In February, Holmes was selected in the Sharks Auckland Nines squad.[9] He played for the Queensland Under 20s team at fullback in the 30–8 loss to the Under 20s New South Wales team at Penrith Stadium.[10][11] In Round 21, Holmes made his NRL debut for the Sharks against the Parramatta Eels on the wing in the 32–12 loss at Remondis Stadium filling in for Sosaia Feki who succumbed to an injury before the match.[12] On 6 August, he extended his contract with the Sharks from the end of 2015, to the end of 2017.[13] In Round 23 against the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park, Holmes scored his first NRL try in the 6–48 loss.[14] Holmes finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 6 matches and scoring 3 tries. Holmes was named at wing in the 2014 NYC Team of the Year.[15]

On 8 September, Holmes was named in the 2014 Junior Kangaroos train-on squad. A day later he was named in the New Zealand Kiwis train-on squad for the 2014 Four Nations.[16] On 12 September, he pledged his allegiance to Australia.[7] On 18 October, Holmes played on the wing for the Junior Kangaroos against the Junior Kiwis at Mt Smart Stadium, scoring two tries in the 14–15 loss.[17]


Holmes played for the Sharks in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines.[18] On 2 May, he again played on the wing for the Junior Kangaroos against the Junior Kiwis, scoring a try and kicking 1 goal in the 22-20 win.[19][20] In Round 10 against the Gold Coast Titans, he kicked a field goal to win the match for the Sharks in their 23-22 golden-point extra-time victory at Cbus Super Stadium.[21] In Round 19 against the Canberra Raiders, he repeated his efforts, kicking another field goal in extra-time to win the match 21-20.[22] He finished off the season as the Sharks' highest try-scorer with 16 tries, as well as kicking 11 goals and 3 field goals in 25 matches.[23]


Holmes was selected in the QAS Emerging Maroons squad,[24] but on 31 January, while in the Emerging Maroons camp, he broke curfew and was fined for public nuisance and obstructing Queensland Police. The QRL announced he would be excluded from its representative programs for the next 12 months.[25] He was then stood down from the Sharks' 2016 NRL Auckland Nines squad after previously being named.[26] In Round 10 against the Newcastle Knights, he scored 4 tries in the Sharks 62-0 win.[27] Holmes was part of the squad which won the NRL Grand Final, 14-12 against the Melbourne Storm. Holmes finished the season playing 23 games and scoring 19 tries, once again the Sharks highest try scorer. Holmes was later selected for the Australian test side to face New Zealand on the 15 of November. Holmes scored a try on debut for the Australians in his side's 26-6 win.


Holmes was selected to play for Australia in the 2017 ANZAC Test. Later that season, he was selected to make his State of Origin debut for Queensland in Game II, scoring a try. He was then selected in Game III, where he scored three tries.

After being named in Australia's 2017 Rugby League World Cup squad, Holmes set a Test and World Cup record by scoring five tries in the quarter-final against Samoa in Darwin. Only a week later, he broke his own record by scoring six tries in the semi-final against Fiji at Suncorp Stadium.[28] He set another record by scoring a total of twelve tries throughout the World Cup.


In round 12 of the 2018 NRL season against the Newcastle Knights, Holmes scored a hat trick of tries in the Sharks' 48-10 win at Hunter Stadium. At the season's conclusion, Holmes was the second highest try-scorer and lead the season in highest amount of line-breaks.[29] The Cronulla Sharks also named Valentine Holmes as Monty Porter Medal for Pontifex Player of the Year, as well as also claiming the Tommy Bishop Player's Player Award.[30]

In November 2018, Valentine Holmes was released from his contract with the Cronulla Sharks in the National Rugby League to chase his dream to one day play in the National Football League. 2 years ago, Holmes and North Queensland Cowboys forward Jason Taumalolo had attended NFL trials in Los Angeles, fifteen NFL teams expressed interest in both.[31]


On 24 November 2019, Holmes returned to rugby league, signing a six-year deal with the North Queensland Cowboys, beginning in 2020.[32]

American football career

In April of 2019, Holmes was signed by the New York Jets as part of the NFL's International Player Pathway program.[33] He made appearances in the New York Jets preseason against the New York Giants on 9 August, carrying 3 times for 6 yards and receiving 3 times for 30 yards.[34] Then the Atlanta Falcons on 15 August carrying 3 times for 3 yards.[35] He did not play in the third game against the New Orleans Saints. In the fourth game against the Philadelphia Eagles he made 5 receptions for 55 yards.[36] He was waived by the Jets during final roster cuts,[37] but was added to the Jets' practice squad on September 1, 2019, as an exempt international player. He was released on November 22, 2019.[38]


  1. ^ "Valentine Holmes - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project.
  2. ^ Sarah Harvey (16 September 2014). "Valentine Holmes snubs Kiwis for Kangaroos bid". Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  3. ^ Corey Rosser (1 August 2015). "Holmes the difference again for Sharks". Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  4. ^ Robert Craddock (13 September 2014). "Valentine Holmes decides his future lay in Australia and not with New Zealand". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Tigers Tough to Tame in JNR Reps". Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ a b "Valentine Holmes Decides His Future Lay in australia and Not With New Zealand". Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  8. ^ "2014 Emerging Origin Squads announced (Queensland Academy of Sport)". Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Squads For Auckland Nines". Rugby League Week. 14 February 2014. Archived from the original on 15 January 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Queensland name Under-20s Origin team". 28 April 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Mamo stars as under-20s Blues thump Maroons". 3 May 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Debutant Holmes a positive for defeated Sharks". 2 August 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Exciting Cronulla Youngster Valentine Holmes Signs New Sharks NRL Deal". Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Melbourne Storm obliterate woeful Cronulla Sharks". Archived from the original on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  15. ^ "Holden Cup Team Of The Year Announced". Rugby League Week. 2 September 2014. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  16. ^ "New Zealand Pick Valentine Holmes in Four Nations Squad". Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  17. ^ Sarah Harvey (18 October 2014). "Junior Kiwis edge Junior Kangaroos in nailbiter". Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  18. ^ "SHARKS NAME 2015 NINES SQUAD". Rugby League Week. 23 January 2015. Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  19. ^ "Representative Round team lists". 28 April 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  20. ^ "Junior Roos hold on in thriller". 2 May 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  21. ^ "Late Errors Cost Gold Coast Titans in Shattering Golden Point Loss to Cronulla Sharks". Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  22. ^ "Cronulla Sharks heap more home misery on Canberra Raiders with golden point win". Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  23. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  24. ^ "Maroons name Emerging Origin squad". Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  25. ^ "Cronulla Sharks player Valentine Holmes fined for public nuisance, obstructing police in Queensland". Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  26. ^ "NRL Auckland Nines 2016: Valentine Holmes stood down by Sharks over police incident". 27 January 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  27. ^ "NRL 2016: Valentine Holmes stars as Cronulla Sharks embarrass Newcastle Knights". 15 May 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  28. ^
  29. ^ "NRL Stats -". National Rugby League. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  30. ^ "Valentine's night at Monty Porter awards". Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  31. ^ "NFL scouts impressed with NRL stars Jason Taumalolo and Valentine Holmes". Fox Sports. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  32. ^ "Cowboys sign Valentine Holmes on six-year deal". NRL. 24 November 2019. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  33. ^ Williams, Charean. "Jets sign Valentine Holmes". Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  34. ^[email protected] Jets @ Giants. NFL preseason.
  35. ^[email protected] Jets @ Falcons. NFL preseason.
  36. ^ Valentine Holmes NFL game log. Retrieved 24 November 2019
  37. ^ Valentine Holmes waived by New York Jets as 53-man roster named. Retrieved 1 September 2019
  38. ^ Lange, Randy (22 November 2019). "Valentine Holmes Released from Jets Practice Squad". Retrieved 22 November 2019.

External links

  • Cronulla Sharks profile
  • Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks profile
  • NRL profile
  • 2017 RLWC profile
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