03 Feb Jones confident he’ll hit the ground running
Centre Huw Jones believes he is ready to pick up where he left off in Scotland colours last autumn.
The Stormers midfielder scored twice against Australia on his first Scotland start but was injured in the act of setting up Sean Maitland for a score against Argentina in the second test, missing the third match against Georgia entirely.
He has yet to play a competitive game since however time in Stormers pre-season training followed by taking a full – plus some extra fitness – part in Scotland camp means he is – literally – ready to hit the ground running.
He said: “I’m confident and the coaches are confident in me. Obviously I haven’t had the same match practice as everyone else but I do feel fit having trained.
“The only way you can get match fit is by playing matches so I have to start at some point,” he added.
The Edinburgh-born Stormers centre will partner Alex Dunbar in midfield and is looking forward to building on their partnership, which they formed during the first two autumn tests.
He said: “We work well together. We train well together and I think our different strengths complement each other.”
Jones replaces Mark Bennett at centre as one of three changes to the Scotland team that faced Georgia in November.
The others changes are in the forwards where Fraser Brown takes place of Ross Ford at hooker and Josh Strauss replaces clubmate Rob Harley in the back-row.
He said: “It’s big. It’s the biggest European competition so going into my first game I’m slightly nervous but very excited.
“I have always been told if you are not nervous then you don’t care enough.”