That’s our boy! Rugby pride for par­ents

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Brexit - By Molly Mile­hamChap­pell

A fa­ther has spo­ken of his “im­mense pride” in see­ing his son make his in­ter­na­tional rugby de­but.

Bill Jones, the head­mas­ter of Spring Grove School in Wye, watched his son Huw, 22, come on as a re­place­ment from the bench dur­ing Scot­land’s 21-16 sec­ond test win against Ja­pan in Toyko on Satur­day.

Mr Jones and his wife Hi­lary watched the game on tele­vi­sion as it was broad­cast on BBC2 Scot­land at 11.20am.

Mr Jones said: “He’s got his first in­ter­na­tional cap and we’re im­mensely proud of him.”

Huw, born in Scot­land, started out as a young­ster at Can­ter­bury, be­fore his stud­ies led to a schol­ar­ship at Mill­field.

After leav­ing school four years ago, Huw took a gap year and trav­elled to South Africa.

While there, he con­tin­ued to play the sport and was of­fered a rugby schol­ar­ship through the Univer­sity of Cape Town.

Fol­low­ing this, he played for West­ern Prov­ince work­ing his way up through ju­nior and se­nior ranks and last year was se­lected for the pro­fes­sional team Storm­ers and has a con­tract with them un­til next year.

Mr Jones said it has been a long process for his son to gain in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion.

He said: “We are very, very proud.

“From our view this sort of thing does not hap­pen overnight of course. It’s a stage by stage thing.”

Talk­ing about his son’s next steps, Mr Jones said “It’s a jour­ney. What you want to do is you want to keep mov­ing for­ward.”

When in Eng­land, Huw oc­ca­sion­ally coaches rugby at Spring Grove School.

Speak­ing to the BBC after the game, Huw Jones said: “It’s a nice way to fin­ish the sea­son. It was a mas­sive day for me.

“It’s a bril­liant feel­ing to be able to get on the field and con­trib­ute to a win.”

Huw Jones from Ash­ford earns his first in­ter­na­tional cap for Scot­land against Ja­pan

Proud par­ents Bill and Hi­lary Jones watch­ing son Huw make his in­ter­na­tional rugby de­but for Scot­land against Ja­pan

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