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Rugby league mourns legend Holmes

Leeds legend John Holmes has died from cancer at the age of 57.

Holmes, regarded as one of the most gifted playmakers in the sport's history, made a record 625 appearances for Leeds in a glittering career.

The stand-off helped Britain win the 1972 World Cup, while he won every domestic trophy with Leeds.

"The name of John Holmes will live on forever. He will be fondly remembered by all those who had the privilege of knowing him," read a Leeds statement.

Leeds plan to hold a tribute at the Super League play-off semi-final game against Catalans Dragons at Headingley on Friday.


Holmes played for Leeds from 1968 until 1989, establishing a reputation as a skilful distributor and elegant runner with the vision to put his team-mates into gaps almost at will.

A printer by trade, he scored 1554 points for Leeds, helping them to a host of honours including the 1972 league title and the 1977 and 1978 Challenge Cups.

He was also a key player on the international scene, winning seven England caps, 20 Great Britain caps and playing in the 1972 World Cup-winning side.

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