WALES international Jonah Holmes is dropping down to England's second tier after Ealing Trailfinders confirmed they have signed the winger from the Dragons.

The 29-year-old had a successful spell at Rodney Parade in terms of tries – scoring 14 in 31 matches – but failed to boost his international career as hoped.

Wales boss Wayne Pivac was influential in tempting the speedster from Leicester but Holmes won just four more caps while at the Dragons to take his tally to seven.

He was dropped for last summer's final Test against Argentina and then missed out on selection for the autumn internationals despite making a superb start to the campaign.

The move to England effectively ends his Wales career as he cannot be selected under the 60-cap policy.

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Dragons boss Dean Ryan revealed earlier this year that Holmes had turned down a contract offer from the Welsh Rugby Union and now he has signed for Ealing, even though the Championship winners were denied promotion to the Premiership because their stadium does not meet required standards.

However, it is not just a rugby decision and the winger, who also played for Wasps, London Welsh and Leeds, hopes to prosper on home soil after being raised in Ealing.

Holmes said: "I consider myself double lucky because not only will I be part of the big things happening at Ealing but I'll also get the chance to play in my hometown.

"I've been at some great clubs around the UK but Ealing has always been home for me and over the next few years I'm going to try to deliver some of my best rugby."

Ealing have former Dragons wing/centre Pat Howard and ex-Cross Keys favourite James Cordy-Redden on their books.

Director of rugby Ben Ward is relishing having Holmes out wide at the ambitious club.

"This is a significant signing for our club and highlights our determination to compete at the very top of English rugby," he said.

"Jonah is an exceptional professional, his playing record is elite and he arrives at Trailfinders with high ambitions and a strong desire to play a major part in our push for the Premiership."