Harry Johnson-Holmes is rapidly becoming a Waratahs cult hero in 2021, showcasing a range of skills that rugby fans were unaware of.
On Nine’s flagship sports show Sports Sunday, Harry showed off his slow cooking skills, bringing in a slow roasted pork belly, while 2 days later appearing on Rugby Heaven and belting out Robbie Williams “Angels” leaving hosts queuing up to be his manager.
Despite the attention he has received for his skills off the field, people shouldn’t forget how good a rugby player he is, with the Waratahs and Wallabies prop set to play his 50th Super Rugby match at just 24 years of age this weekend against the Rebels at AAMI Park.
The multitalented prop is also a great success story of the NSW Academy program.
Johnson-Holmes a proud country lad from Cowra, moved to Newcastle to play club rugby, graduating to the Waratahs through the CHS and Australian Schools and via the NSW Academy where he was the 2017 player of the year.
Harry would go on to make his Super Rugby debut in 2018 against the Stormers, playing largely off the bench in his debut season. An injury to Tom Robertson in 2019 opened the door for Harry for a starting role and he hasn’t looked back since, being a mainstay of the side.
Johnson-Holmes talked about the milestone with media this week.
“It’s snuck up on me, I knew it was coming up but you kind of lose track of it in the 40’s”
“It’s pretty cool, an accolade and a milestone I’ve been looking forward to in sky blue, it’s something that no one can take it away from you” Johnson-Holmes said.
“To get one cap and get yourself in the history books is pretty special, to be able to do it 50 times is a massive achievement and join a pretty cool list of people who have done the same”.
Harry Johnson-Holmes and the NSW Waratahs face the Rebels at AAMI Park this Friday, live and exclusive on Stan Sport from 7pm.