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Force snap up Holmes

The Western Force have signed former Waratahs and Brumbies scrum-half Josh Holmes for the remainder of the 2012 Super Rugby season.

Holmes joins the Force after a stint with French side Bourgoin and will arrive in Perth on Wednesday as a replacement for injured youngster Justin Turner.

The 25-year-old will be available for the Force's home game against the third-placed Chiefs at nib Stadium on Friday.

Force coach Richard Graham said he was delighted to add someone of the calibre of Holmes to his roster.

"In making a number of changes through injuries to our inside backs the one thing I was looking for was a talented player who is Super Rugby ready," he said.

"Josh, having played nearly 50 games at this level, certainly fits those criteria.

"Helping him settle quickly is the fact that he is familiar to a number of the boys having played club rugby or Super Rugby with them at other franchises.

"While we've brought him here as a half-back, with the way that injury is trending we were looking for someone to be able to cover one or two positions if necessary and with his physical presence Josh has the ability, if required, to play elsewhere in the inside backs."


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