Harry Johnson-Holmes

  • 23 Age
  • 111kg Weight
  • 186cm Height

Biography

Harry Johnson-Holmes is a young, up-and-coming prop forward who in two short years has risen from the Waratah’s Generation Blue Academy to the brink of a Wallaby Test debut.

Strong over the ball, mobile and with a good turn of speed for a big man, Johnson-Holmes’ reputation has grown with every senior game. Born and bred in the in central-western New South Wales town of Cowra, Johnson-Holmes played his first rugby for the ‘mighty’ Cowra Eagles and although he gained more experience from regional competitions, the highlight of those early days was an appearance during halftime at a Bledisloe Cup Test. The Johnson-Holmes family moved to Newcastle when Harry was 10-years old and he joined the Wanderers club.

“I started as a breakaway, which suited my love for the tram lines and meat pies,” Johnson-Holmes said. “But eventually, I moved closer to the middle of the scrum.”

From Merewether High School, Johnson-Holmes represented both NSW Combined High Schools and Australian Schools before he decided to take a chance to both study and play rugby with the University of Sydney.

Johnson-Holmes progressed through the Colts ranks to the NSW U20s - where he won the 2017 Dave Dennis Player of the Year Award - and represented the Australian U20s at the World Championships.

The following year Johnson-Holmes stepped up to the senior ranks when he made his Super Rugby debut off the bench against the Stormers in Sydney. In 2019, and with Tom Robertson undergoing rehabilitation due to a knee reconstruction, Johnson-Holmes was pitched into the Waratahs starting side for 12 of their 16 Super Rugby matches.

Highlights 

2015

Represented Australian Schools

2017

Represented Australian U20s at the Junior World Championships in Georgia.