- Yorkshire play Irish on Wednesday night
- Lost first-leg of final play-off last week
- Read that match report, here
Following a long career in professional rugby, many players turn to coaching or even a spot of punditry – but not Jonah Holmes.
The Yorkshire Carnegie winger admits he is always thinking about what comes next, and graduating with a degree in biomedicine is the perfect way to set up his post-rugby life.
But the determined 24-year-old still has many years of rugby ahead of him, and with promotion from the Greene King IPA Championship on offer this week, is totally driven to make a success of it - after all, sporting glory is in his blood.
The former Wasps youngster started his degree at Birkbeck, University of London, before his rugby career took him up to Leeds in 2014.
And despite being hundreds of miles away from the capital, Holmes was determined to complete the course to set him up perfectly for the future.
“I finished that last year and now I am getting ready for the next chapter,” the flyer said.
“One of my worst habits is thinking about life after rugby – so I am hoping that after that I can study medicine.
“Since I was a kid I wanted to be a doctor, but when I sought advice from medical professionals they said if you have a chance to play professional sport you should go for it.
“So I signed a one year contract at Wasps and wanted to see how it went.
“But that is why I did the degree; so I could keep myself busy, and keep my head in shape.”
Combining professional sport and a degree might seem like a tricky undertaking, but Holmes has taken it in his stride.
He has scored 15 tries, including one in the 29-18 first leg defeat to London Irish last week, in 21 starts for the Headingley outfit this term – and when it comes to medicine, Holmes insists he gets a similar feeling of satisfaction.
He said: “I found I have had a lot of time so it’s been alright, I mean, I have had more of a social life since finishing the degree, I have made some really good friends up here.
“They do a lot of night courses and they specialise in helping people who have full-time jobs getting the degree so that was helpful.
“There was quite a bit of work but then again when you’re doing something you enjoy it doesn’t feel like too much. At times it was pretty painful – I used to travel down [to London].
“So I started it when I was living in London, even then it was a nightmare journey but when I moved up here I was determined to finish it so I travelled down after training and then back up here at night.
“I had to get it done, my brother said I wouldn’t get it done so I wanted to prove him wrong.”
Sport comes naturally in the Holmes family and it was no surprise when the Ealing-born 24-year-old became a rugby player.
Holmes’ uncle, Andy, was a double Olympic gold-medallist, rowing to glory in the men's coxed four in 1984 and in the men's coxless pair in 1988.
He also took the bronze in the coxed pair at the same Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. “...I just want to have the longest career in rugby I can possibly have.”
He said: “My dad’s brother was two-time Olympic gold medallist, and he rowed with Sir Steve Redgrave. But I don’t think I was tall enough to become a rower.
“It has always been about rugby for me. The last time I played cricket I jumped over the ball and it hit the stumps so I knew that wasn’t the sport for me.”
The world is your oyster
A rugby career can take you far and wide, and while he has not set his sights on plying his trade overseas just yet, the scrum-half-turned-winger has enjoyed settling in away from the hustle and bustle of London.
He said: “Living up north is something else; everything and everyone up here is really friendly and just a lot more relaxed.
“I hope once I finish playing rugby I can travel the world. I want to check out many places; the Americas, Canada, Australia.
“But at the moment I just want to have the longest career in rugby I can possibly have.”