Former Western Province and Stormers flanker, Johannesburg born and Cape Town schooled Tyrone Holmes, will be pulling the Scottish National Rugby jersey over his head for the first time in the game against the Springboks this Saturday at the Nelson Mandlea Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
“It’s a positive that I’ve played against most of these guys in the Currie Cup and it will be nothing new to play against the Boks” said the Glasgow forward.
“Facing them won’t be anything new for me, so I’m happy about that.”
Holmes qualifies for Scotland through his Peebles-born father, and revealed his delight at receiving his first call-up.
“I’m using this as a really big learning opportunity. There’s a great vibe in the camp, it’s been a really positive tour with three wins from three matches and we are looking to go out and use Saturday as another learning opportunity. We’ll leave it all out on the park.”
Holmes helped Western Province win the Vodacom Cup for the first time in 2012 and made 9 appearances scoring 2 tries. Holmes then played his first Super Rugby game later in the season.
After the 2012 Currie Cup Premier Division season, he joined Italian National Championship of Excellence team Petrarca Rugby for one season and then moved to Glasgow Warriors.