Huw Jones (rugby union)
Huw Richard Forbes Jones (born 17 December 1993) is a Scottish international rugby union player who plays as a centre, although he can also play as a full-back or winger. He is currently contracted to Glasgow Warriors.
|Full name||Huw Richard Forbes Jones|
|Date of birth||17 December 1993|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||96 kg (15 st 2 lb; 212 lb)|
|School||Junior King's School, Canterbury. Millfield, Somerset|
|University||University of Cape Town|
|Occupation(s)||Professional rugby player|
|Rugby union career|
Jones was born in Leith in Edinburgh in the old Eastern General Hospital to parents Bill and Hillary. At the time of Jones' birth his father was working at George Watson’s where Scott Hastings was among those he coached. His parents had previously studied at Edinburgh University. Jones' maternal grandfather is also Scottish. His father has Welsh heritage reflected in the name, Huw Jones.
False Bay and UCT Ikey TigersEdit
After finishing his schooling, Jones moved to South Africa for his gap year where he worked at Bishops Preparatory School in Cape Town. He played club rugby for False Bay in 2013 and after the club's Director of Rugby, Kevin Musikanth, was appointed as head coach of the UCT Ikey Tigers Varsity Cup side, Jones followed Musikanth by enrolling at the University of Cape Town for 2014. He made a total of nine appearances for UCT during the 2014 Varsity Cup competition, scoring a try in their match against UP Tuks as UCT finished second in the pool stage. After beating Western Cape rivals Maties in the semi-finals, the UCT Ikey Tigers won the final against NWU Pukke in Potchefstroom. Jones opened the scoring for the visitors by scoring a try in the fourth minute and helped them clinch the title in dramatic fashion as they fought back from 33–15 down with five minutes to go to achieve a 39–33 victory to win the competition for the second time.
On the back of his performances for the UCT Ikey Tigers during the 2014 Varsity Cup, Jones was called up to the Vodacom Cup side of local provincial team, Western Province. He made his first class debut for them during the 2014 Vodacom Cup competition, starting in their match against the Free State XV in Round Six of the competition. He took just eleven minutes to score his first try at senior level, setting Western Province on their way to a 28–15 victory. He also started the final group game of the competition against the SWD Eagles in George.
In the latter half of 2014, he appeared for the Western Province U21 side in the 2014 Under-21 Provincial Championship, making three starts and scoring two tries in their match against the Sharks U21 team in Durban.
In 2015, Jones was included in the Stormers wider training group prior to the 2015 Super Rugby season. He scored a try in a trial match against the Cheetahs and was also included in their final squad. He was named on the bench for the opening match of the competition against the Bulls in Pretoria and came on as a replacement in the final minute of the match to make his Super Rugby debut. He also came off the bench in the next five matches, playing less than ten minutes on each occasion. He was promoted to the starting lineup for the Round Eight match against New Zealand side the Hurricanes in Wellington, starting at outside centre. In the 64th minute, Jones scored his first Super Rugby try, but it was not enough as the home side won 25–20. He reverted to his role as a replacement for the Stormers, making a further six appearances off the bench throughout the remainder of the competition before starting the final match of the regular season, a 12–34 defeat to the Sharks. The Stormers finished top of the South African Conference to qualify for the finals, but Jones was not involved in their 19–39 defeat to the Brumbies in the eliminating qualifier.
He was included in Western Province's squad for the 2015 Currie Cup Premier Division and made his Currie Cup debut in the Round Three match away to the Blue Bulls, playing off the bench in a 29–47 defeat. He made his first start three weeks later against the Sharks, the start of an extended run in the team that saw him make four starts and four appearances as a replacement during the competition, scoring one try in the home match against the Blue Bulls. The final two of these appearances occurred in the play-offs after Western Province finished third on the log during the regular season; a last-minute substitute appearance in their 23–18 victory over the Blue Bulls in their semi-final match was followed by another appearance off the bench in the final, which the Golden Lions won 32–24 in Johannesburg.
Jones was involved in the Stormers' 2016 Super Rugby season, making six appearances off the bench prior to the international break, during which time he earned his first international call-up for Scotland.
Jones has stated that he always felt Scottish. He has kept a saltire above his bed since he was 11 after watching Chris Paterson help Scotland beat Ireland. When Jones started playing for the University of Cape Town he insisted on being referred to as Scottish. A saltire next to his name caught the attention of Gavin Vaughan of Glasgow Warriors when he was watching a televised game from South Africa in which Jones was playing. According to some sources it seems it was a Wikipedia article that allowed Gavin Vaughan to see that Huw Jones was Scottish.
In February 2017, it was announced that the 2017 Super Rugby season would be Jones' last for the Stormers before he returned to Scotland. He joined Warriors 10 months later midway through the 2017-18 after the Currie Cup Final in South Africa.
On 25 December 2017, Glasgow Warriors announced that Jones had signed a contract until at least 2021.Jones cited the world class coaching as one of the reasons behind his decision.
In May 2016, Jones was called up to the Scotland squad and made his Test debut during their 2016 summer tour of Japan. In November 2016 he played his first home match for Scotland against Australia, scoring two tries in the narrow defeat.
- "Scotland flyer Huw Jones set to be the breakthrough star of Six Nations 2017" 2 February 2017 The Telegraph
- "New boy Huw Jones proud of his Scottish birth" thecourier.co.uk 10 June 2016
- "Millfield Old Boy Jones Blossoming With South African Experience". In At The Side. 15 April 2014. Archived from the original on 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
- "SA Rugby Match Centre – FNB UCT 1ST XV 16-26 FNB UP - TUKS". South African Rugby Union. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
- "SA Rugby Log – 2014 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
- "SA Rugby Match Centre – FNB NWU-PUKKE 33-39 FNB UCT 1ST XV". South African Rugby Union. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
- "SA Rugby Match Centre – DHL Western Province 28-15 Toyota Free State XV". South African Rugby Union. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
- "SA Rugby Match Centre – SWD Eagles 23-14 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
- "SA Rugby Match Centre – Sharks U21 15-47 Western Province U21". South African Rugby Union. 26 July 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
- "DHL Stormers set sail for Hermanus". Stormers. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
- "Stormers on top of Cheetahs". SuperSport. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
- "SA Rugby Squad – DHL Stormers : 2015 Vodacom Super Rugby". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
- "SA Rugby Match Centre – Vodacom Bulls 17-29 DHL Stormers". South African Rugby Union. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
- "SA Rugby Match Centre – Hurricanes 25-20 DHL Stormers". South African Rugby Union. 3 April 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
- "SA Rugby Match Centre – Cell C Sharks 34-12 DHL Stormers". South African Rugby Union. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
- "SA Rugby Log – 2015 Vodacom Super Rugby". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
- "SA Rugby Match Centre – DHL Stormers 19-39 Brumbies". South African Rugby Union. 20 June 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
- "SA Rugby Match Centre – Vodacom Blue Bulls 47-29 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
- "SA Rugby Match Centre – Cell C Sharks 27-37 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 12 September 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
- "SA Rugby Match Centre – DHL Western Province 29-14 Vodacom Blue Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 18 September 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
- "SA Rugby Log – 2015 Absa Currie Cup Premier Division". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
- "SA Rugby Match Centre – Vodacom Blue Bulls 18-23 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 16 October 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
- "SA Rugby Match Centre – Xerox Golden Lions 32-24 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 24 October 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
- "One more season at DHL Newlands for Jones" (Press release). Stormers. 6 February 2017. Archived from the original on 6 February 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
- "How a stroke of luck uncovered Scotland's man of the moment Huw Jones" 24 February 2018 The Telegraph
- Centre Huw Jones has revealed that he owes his Scotland call-up to an eagle-eyed member of the Glasgow Warriors’ backroom staff - and a page on the Wikipedia website
- Huw Jones, Glasgow Warriors profile
- "Huw Jones joins Scotland squad". Scottish Rugby Union. 27 May 2016. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
- Profile at ESPN Scrum