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Valentine Holmes overcomes adversity to capitalise on natural ability

The fleet-footed winger has made Rugby League World Cup history with five and six-try hauls, but things haven’t always been so easy

“It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Super Val Holmes tearing down the left flank for the Kangaroos!” For those uninitiated in the rigours of the NRL, or who missed State of Origin this year, the name of Valentine Holmes has been thrust down their throats in the past fortnight, and with good reason.
In just two weeks Holmes has rewritten the records books – twice – as he claimed 11 tries in just two World Cup matches. He has been Sherlock-like in his ability to breach opposition defences.

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