Terry Holmes

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Terry Holmes
Full name Terry Holmes
Date of birth (1957-03-10) 10 March 1957 (age 60)
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum Half
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1978–1985
1980 & 1983
Wales
British Lions
25 ()

Terence David "Terry" Holmes (born 10 March 1957, Cardiff) is a Welsh former rugby union and professional rugby league footballer who won 25 caps for Wales as a scrum-half and later played rugby league for Bradford Northern.

Holmes joined the Cardiff Youth side at the age of sixteen and went on to play for the senior side for ten seasons. Given the task of filling the Wales scrum-half position after the retirement of Gareth Edwards, aged 21 Holmes won his first cap for Wales in 1978 against Australia. He went on to play in the Triple Crown winning side of 1979. He won 25 caps, playing his last match against Fiji in 1985, and scored 9 tries for Wales.[citation needed]

Holmes also played for the British and Irish Lions on their 1980 tour to South Africa and 1983 tour to New Zealand, but was forced to return home early through injury from both tours. In late-1985, Holmes became one of the biggest names of the time to turn professional, when he joined Bradford Northern for £80,000. However injuries meant that he only played 40 games for the club before his retirement two years later.[citation needed]

After retirement, Holmes coached Cardiff and then Caerphilly rugby union teams, resigning as Caerphilly coach owing to business commitments in 2002.

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Terry Holmes played Loose forward/Lock (replaced by Interchange/Substitute Neil Roebuck) in Bradford Northern's 12–12 draw with Castleford in the 1987 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1987–88 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 17 October 1987, but he did not play in the 11–2 victory over Castleford in the 1987 Yorkshire County Cup Final replay during the 1987–88 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 31 October 1987.

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