State of Origin streaker fails to show up at court

Wati Holmwood tears off down the field naked during the State of Origin game. Photo / Getty
Wati Holmwood tears off down the field naked during the State of Origin game. Photo / Getty

The State of Origin streaker has done a runner.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of former Nelson man Wati Holmwood after he failed to appear at a Sydney court where he was to be sentenced today for streaking at the rugby league State of Origin decider in July.

Holmwood ran naked 90 metres down the field in front of a crowd of thousands, but the 33-year-old failed to show at Burwood Local Court today.

Magistrate Christopher Longley issued a warrant for Holmwood's arrest ``for the purpose of sentencing''.

Holmwood pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of entering a playing field without authorisation and one count of wilful and obscene exposure in or near a public place.

Charges were laid against Holmwood after he raced onto the field wearing nothing but joggers in the final minutes of game three of the Origin series.

It wasn't the first time he streaked during a rugby league game.

Holmwood had done the same in 2011 at a Warriors vs Tigers match at Leichhardt, in Sydney's inner west.

- AAP

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