Western Force trio Greg Holmes, Richard Kahui and Jeremy Thrush have announced they will require time for their careers at the end of the season.
Holmes, who represented the Wallabies in 27 Tests, began his career with the Reds where he won the Super Rugby title in 2011. In 2020, the front row joined the Exeter Chiefs Force where he also won the Premiership title in 2017.
The 38-year-old was crucial to the Western Force cause with his experience proving invaluable.
A pleasant stay at the Force
“I have had a long career, and I am very happy with what I have achieved. It’s the right time for me. I thought I would finish in England a few years ago, so it was great to be back in Australia and finish my career here, ”Holmes told the Force’s official website.
“I loved my time at the Force, there is an incredible group of people here. Alana (wife), Bodhi (son), and I now call Perth home, which is the ultimate compliment I can give.
“I can’t thank my wife Alana, and my mom and dad enough for their support over the years.”
Since joining the Strength from Prime Minister Gloucester’s side in 2018, Thrush became a popular member of the Perth-based costume’s senior squad.
Restricted 12 times by the All Blacks, the secondary began its Super Rugby career with the Hurricanes and he played in over 100 matches for them.
Since joining the Force, the 36-year-old has been an influential member of their squad and has made 38 appearances for them on a Super Rugby level.
“The support from the fans was amazing, I was blown away by it week after week,” Turdo said.
“This last chapter at the Force was one of the most enjoyable of my career. The camaraderie we had was amazing. I came here every day with a smile on my face, and I loved being a part of it.
“Seeing so many young players come here and continue to forge Super Rugby and international careers has been one of my favorite things to take from my time here.”
Thrush’s New Zealander, Kahui, was part of the 2011 All Blacks World Cup triumph and also won a Super Rugby title with the Chiefs in 2012. He represented his country in 17 Tests.
Kahui, who is 36, initially played for the Highlanders in Super Rugby and played in 97 matches in the tournament of which 31 were for the Force.
He joined the Force in 2020 and became a major player for the team after spending seven seasons with Japanese Top League club Toshiba Brave Lupus.
“I would like to thank Tim Sampson for calling me to join the Force. He’s a great man who cares about his players, so I’ll always be grateful to him. There are so many guys on this team with whom I have great memories and friendships, ”he said.
“Most of my favorite moments are based on winning with the Force, the All Blacks and the Chiefs. One of the things I found really special was the time in the sheds after a game, because it was always an opportunity to think and appreciate the journey.
“I absolutely loved it here at the Force. It was a great three seasons. I thoroughly enjoyed everything the Western Force is trying to grow. The fans were so loyal and loud, so it was special to have their support. “
Western Force rugby general manager Matt Hodgson was full of praise for the retired trio.
“I would like to congratulate Jerry (Thrush), Kaks (Kahui), and Homer (Holmes) on their outstanding careers, especially their time at the Force,” he said.
“They are players and people who have given their all to the Force on and off the field, have played integral roles since they joined the club.
“On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to wish them and their families all the best for the future.”