Hard work paying off for Holmes

Date published: July 23 2015

Experienced Australian prop Greg Holmes is determined not to let his big opportunity go to waste when he starts against Argentina on Saturday.

The 32-year-old tighthead, who was excellent at the scrum for the Reds in Super Rugby this past season, earns a start after impressing off the bench last week.

His arrival on to the field in Brisbane caused Springbok replacement Heinke van der Merwe plenty of problems at the set-piece and helped the Wallabies secure a 24-20 Rugby Championship win, something Holmes was immensely proud of.

"Leading into the game they just said they wanted me to make an impact, so that was my whole goal. We went on and I think the scrum went quite well and I've been rewarded with a starting spot, so I'm rapt," the tighthead told rugby.com.au.

Last weekend was Holmes' first appearance in the Wallaby jersey in eight years but it was hugely deserved after much-improved recent showings for the Reds.

"I focused on myself, trained hard and prepared my body well and you know I got my chances. I had a pretty good season with the Reds and the rewards were there. It boils down to hard work and getting your body right," he said of his reemergence.

"It has been such a long time since I've been able to play for Australia. It's hard, you toil around in the Super Rugby and you are dying to play for your country again and it's just a great reward and I'm honoured to be back here playing."