Holmes continues to improve

Eight weeks after kicking off his career as a Brumby at the AIS testing day, Zack Holmes has come through to maintain his standing as one of the team’s top performers moving closer to the start of the 2012 Super Rugby season.

With just two months until the season starts, Holmes has continued to show encouraging results in training and testing and will push for selection come Week One.

Holmes said he had enjoyed his first two months of professional rugby and had been working hard to keep improving on his original scores and times.

“Being in a professional environment has already been helpful in improving my skills and my fitness levels,” Holmes said.

“It’s been productive to have the pre-season to get to know everyone, to gel as a group and work towards where we want to be as a team.

“There are still two months until the season kicks off though leaving plenty of hard work to get through. I know all the boys will be sticking their hands up to keep improving before our first trial game in Darwin on February 4.”

A former sevens star who was one of Northern Suburbs key performers during the 2011 Shute Shield, Holmes has put all his energy into translating that success into a professional career.

And although he had previously been a member of the Western Force’s lower grades while playing in his city-of-birth, Perth, Holmes said he was enjoying life in Canberra training with the Brumbies.

“It’s a much different place to Perth, but I’ve made a solid group of friends over the last eight weeks and feel like I’ve settles into life here nicely,” Holmes said.

“We are all just looking forward to the first home game in front of all our home ground fans at Canberra Stadium in Week One.”