Un­capped cen­tre Jones ‘thrilled’ fol­low­ing call-up to Ja­panese tour

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UN­CAPPED Storm­ers cen­tre Huw Jones has been called up by Scot­land as a re­place­ment for Finn Rus­sell on next month’s tour to Ja­pan. Based in South Africa for the past four years, the 22-year-old was born in Ed­in­burgh and ed­u­cated in Eng­land.

“I’m de­lighted to get this op­por­tu­nity to play for Scot­land,” Jones said yes­ter­day. “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.”

Jones orig­i­nally went to Cape Town for a gap year, but then chose to study there. Af­ter be­ing part of the squad that won the Var­sity Cup in 2014, he was se­lected by Western Prov­ince, then last year was called up by the Storm­ers, for whom he has played 21 times to date.

“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,” coach Vern Cot­ter said.

That squad will meet up at Mur­ray­field a week on Mon­day for a short train­ing camp be­fore fly­ing out to Tokyo on Satur­day 11. The two Tests against Ja­pan will take place on the fol­low­ing week­ends.

The loss of Rus­sell, who was in­jured play­ing for Glas­gow against Con­nacht in last week’s PRO12 semi-final, leaves Ruar­idh Jack­son as the only des­ig­nated stand-off in the squad. How­ever, War­riors cen­tre Peter Horne has played there for Scot­land this year and could slot in again eas­ily.

Picture: SNS

WEL­COME: Scot­land coach Vern Cot­ter se­lected un­capped Huw Jones.

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