Origin streaker Wati Holmwood eyes World Cup

Chunky Origin streaker Wati Holmwood is now unrepentant about making a spectacle of himself in the State of Origin rugby league decider.
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The 33-year-old from Nelson appeared apologetic after being arrested by police following his pitch invasion during the dying stages of the decisive third clash between New South Wales and Queensland at ANZ Stadium last night.

“I’m sorry, I apologise about what happened. Am I in trouble?” he asked as he embarked on a 10km walk home once discharging himself from hospital after reportedly being sedated.

However, Holmwood today saw nothing wrong with an intrusion that denied winners Queensland a try and embarrassed security.

“The game was a bit boring and I wanted to spice things up to be honest with you,” the Kiwi-born Holmwood told New Zealand radio.

“Robbie Farah (NSW captain) wasn’t performing so I said ‘You know what? I’ll go on the field and perform myself.”

Holmwood jumped a perimeter fence, removed his clothing to expose a fake tan, vaseline-smeared body and a unusually deceptive gait that carried him 95-metres before he lost his balance amid the players as NSW defended their line.

It is not the first time Holmwood has shed his inhibitions.

He first got noticed when streaking during the 2011 finals’ series game between the New Zealand Warriors and Wests Tigers — an indiscretion that led to a $5500 fine and exclusion from the Sydney Football Stadium.

Holmwood, presumably pleased last night’s match was reportedly screened in 97 countries, said the fines and bans were not a deterrent.

“I’m thinking about of doing it at the (soccer) World Cup (in Brazil)

“I don’t regret what has been done. No, not at all.”

Despite the exposure he has gained, Holmwood was confident he could circumvent pitch side security for a third time in Sydney.

“I can somehow sneak my way through again.”

Finding money to pay his fines could be problematic although he hoped his escapade would attract donations.

“It was a bit of entertainment for the people around the world and hopefully I can collect a little money back, help from the New Zealand public to help me pay back these fines,” he said.

Family members made light of Holmwood’s antics as they watched the dramatic conclusion to Queensland’s 12-10 victory.

“As soon as I saw the bald head and dark-coloured skin, I knew that it was him. I just laughed,” his cousin Ebony-Rose Holmwood told Fairfax Media.

“I’m not sure why he did it. We just all found it quite hilarious.’

“He’s actually a nice guy, to be honest. He’s quite mellow, the quiet one, someone you can have a nice chat to. I think that’s why it shocked us [after his first streak]. He’s not the type of person you would think to see out there.

“We always had a giggle about it after the first time, and kind of made fun of it.”

However, the NRL, police and judicial system will take a dimmer view.

Holmwood was charged with wilful and obscene exposure, and entering or remaining on a playing field without authorisation.

Police said he also would be banned from all future events at ANZ Stadium, while it is understood the NRL will impose a life-time ban on him for all rugby league matches. He also faces the standard A$5500 fine for the pitch invasion.

Holmwood, who is due to appear on August 6, is the second family member to gain global infamy.

In May his cousin Tyrone Holmwood was ridiculed after his drunken attempt to rob a Sydney takeaway restaurant ended with him suffering facial burns after a female staff member threw chilli sauce at him.

He called the police in agony and consequently faced a count of assault with intent to rob.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.


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