Tyrone Holmes, a club player in Cape Town who has just been selected to train with the Emerging Springbok Sevens squad, is at the centre of an assault row in the Western Province Super League – reports Rugby365.com.
The unsavoury event came at the end of the nailbiting WP Super League fixture between Hamilton RFC and the University of Cape Town played last Saturday at Green Point, home ground of Hamilton’s.
At the final whistle, Tyrone Holmes – who has just been chosen for the Emerging Springboks Sevens training squad – was involved in a verbal altercation during which he punched and broke the nose of the father of one of the UCT players.
Flanker Holmes is a Hamilton’s regular, but was suspended for the match against UCT as he was red carded for punching the previous week against the University of Stellenbosch.
According to witnesses, it was the only punch thrown and it saw the 60-year-old Burch, Snr, father of UCT and Western Province No.8 Jody, having to go to hospital for treatment.
The Western Province Rugby Union is investigating the incident, whilst criminal charges were also brought against the Hamilton’s player by Mr Burch.
Holmes, 23, has also just signed for National Division One side, the Cornish Pirates, ahead of England’s new Championship season.