Jones gets Scot­land call

Rugby

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

East Kent rugby star Huw Jones is in line to be­come a full international af­ter be­ing in­cluded in Scot­land’s 27-man squad to tour Ja­pan.

The 22-year-old cen­tre was born in Ed­in­burgh but came through the ranks at Can­ter­bury, as a young­ster while a pupil at Ju­nior King’s School, play­ing from un­der-8s through to un­der-13 level.

He re­tained his link to the city club despite his stud­ies tak­ing him to Mill­field School, Som­er­set, on a schol­ar­ship, and even turned out for the Can­ter­bury 2nd XV along­side his brother Jonathan.

Af­ter leav­ing Mill­field in 2012, Jones took a gap year in South Africa dur­ing which he en­rolled at the Uni­ver­sity of Cape Town where his per­for­mances led to se­lec­tion to rep­re­sent Western Prov­ince.

More suc­cess led to a call to join the Storm­ers pre-sea­son squad ahead of their Su­per Rugby cam­paign and he has gone on to make 20 ap­pear­ances over the past two sea­sons, scor­ing once.

When back in the UK, Jones oc­ca­sion­ally coaches at Spring Grove School in Wye where his fa­ther, Bill, is head­teacher.

Jones re­places in­jured Glas­gow War­riors stand-off Finn Rus­sell in the Scot­land squad which will gather at Mur­ray­field on Mon­day for a short camp be­fore de­part­ing for Tokyo on June 11 ahead of Test matches in Toy­ota City and Tokyo on June 18 and 25.

Jones said: “I’m de­lighted to get this op­por­tu­nity to play for Scot­land. It’s a dream come true.

“I didn’t go out to South Africa with the in­ten­tion of be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional rugby player but, as my ca­reer pro­gressed, it be­came more of a re­al­is­tic goal to play for Scot­land.

“The call came as a bit of a sur­prise but I’m thrilled and can’t wait to get to Ed­in­burgh and play my part in an ex­cit­ing squad.”

Scot­land head coach, Vern Cot­ter, said: “We’re pleased to wel­come Huw into the group and look for­ward to him deep­en­ing the com­pe­ti­tion in an al­ready well-con­tested area of our squad.”

Last year, Jones told the Mes­sen­ger: “Play­ing for Can­ter­bury helped me hugely to de­velop as a rugby player even at such a young age, sim­ply be­cause I played so much. Play­ing the game is the best way to learn.”

He added: “The club also gave me my first taste of men’s rugby which is im­por­tant for young as­pir­ing play­ers.

“You can learn a lot about the game and var­i­ous ‘tricks of the trade’ from older guys.”

Bill said: “A spe­cial thanks to Can­ter­bury RFC from all of us for the nur­tur­ing of his rugby tal­ent.”

Pic­ture: Carl Fourie/WP Rugby

Huw Jones, for­merly of Can­ter­bury RFC, now play­ing for the DHL Storm­ers in South Africa

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