Jones eyes fur­ther call-ups after de­but

Rugby

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Huw Jones de­scribed mak­ing his Scot­land de­but as mas­sive and bril­liant.

The 22-year-old Ed­in­burgh cen­tre who hails from Wye, got his chance as a sec­ond-half re­place­ment in the 21-16 Sec­ond Test win over Ja­pan in Tokyo on Satur­day which com­pleted a 2-0 se­ries win.

Four penal­ties in the fi­nal quar­ter of the game by an­other re­place­ment, skip­per Greig Laid­law earned the vic­tory.

Speak­ing to the BBC after the game, 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.

“We put our­selves un­der a lot of pres­sure with a cou­ple of poor ex­its but a win is a win and we’ll take it.” Jones, who sat out the First Test, got his chance just be­fore the hour, tak­ing over from Ruar­idh Jack­son, with his side 16-12 down, hav­ing earned a late call-up to the 27-strong squad, due to fly-half Finn Rus­sell pulling out

He went on to link-up with fel­low cen­tre Matt Scott and ad­mit­ted: “It was hot, with a sweaty, greasy ball.

“Dif­fer­ent to Scot­land, more sim­i­lar to South Africa but the con­di­tions have been tough and tough games as well. Ja­pan are a good rugby side.”

How­ever, Jones ad­mit­ted he is doubt­ful for the au­tumn se­ries of fix­tures, due to his club com­mit­ments with Cape Town-based Storm­ers.

He added: “The sea­sons are dif­fer­ent and it al­ways tough with time off.

“I have got an­other year left on my con­tract and I’ll con­cen­trate on that. “If I get an­other call-up, I’ll be happy.” Jones, son of Spring Grove School head­mas­ter Bill, started out as a young­ster at Can­ter­bury, be­fore his stud­ies led to a schol­ar­ship at Mill­field.

He left the Som­er­set school in Au­gust 2012, mov­ing to South Africa on a gap year, en­rolling at the Univer­sity of Cape Town, where he im­pressed enough to be se­lected for West­ern Prov­ince.

That was fol­lowed by join­ing Storm­ers, mak­ing 20 ap­pear­ances over the past two sea­sons.

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