Full name William Barry Holmes
Born January 6, 1928, Buenos Aires
Died November 10, 1949, Salta (aged 21 years 308 days)
Major teams Oxford and Cambridge, Argentina, England
|Test debut||Wales v England at Cardiff, Jan 15, 1949 match details|
|Last Test||Argentina v France at Buenos Aires, Sep 4, 1949 match details|
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Barry Holmes holds the unique distinction of being the only player to represent both England and Argentina, and remarkably completed the feat in the same year. Holmes was born and raised in Argentina to British parents.
In 1949 he made his England bow against Wales in January, having represented Cambridge in the 1947 and 1948 Varsity matches. He also toured his home country of Argentina with a combined Oxford and Cambridge team.
His return to Argentina brought international caps against France in Buenos Aires, only months after his final England appearance. Holmes moved to Salta with his new wife in November 1949, but caught Typhoid within a week of his wedding and died aged 21.