BREAKING: Super Rugby Ace Huw Jones Shock Call Up To Scotland Tour Of Japan

Vern Cotter has sprung a huge surprise by calling up South African based centre Huw Jones from the South African Stormers to replace Finn Russell for the Summer Tour of Japan.

Huw Jones of the Stormers during the Super Rugby match between DHL…

Huw Jones of the Stormers during the Super Rugby match between DHL Stormers and Reds at DHL Newlands Stadium on April 23, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images


In what has to be the biggest surprise since the Kiwi Leslie brothers opted to play for Scotland back in 1998, it was announced today that Huw Jones of the Cape Town based Stormers Super Rugby side would be drafted in to replace the injured Finn Russell on the Summer tour of Japan.

The 22 year old Edinburgh born centre had been widely touted as a future Welsh, English or South African star on account of his mixed heritage and time spent in the Cape, so it will be seen as a major coup that he has opted for the Thistle of Scotland over the Rose, Daffodil or Springbok.

[blockquote author=”Huw Jones” pull=”normal”]”I’m delighted to get this opportunity to play for Scotland. It’s a dream come true.”[/blockquote]

Whilst he may not have been on the radar of too many Scotland fans, his head turning exploits against some of the world’s best in Super Rugby have clearly caught the attention of the Scotland coaching staff, who have made the unusual step of picking a player currently signed to a Southern Hemisphere side. To be fair to Cotter, he has previous form of making left field choices having picked unattached New Zealand native John Hardie for the Rugby World Cup warm ups.

In order to continue his international ambitions it would be safe to assume Jones will opt to move north following any Scotland cap. Whether or not that means signing to Edinburgh/Glasgow, or to the AVIVA Premiership/Top14 remains to be seen.

Either way, it will come as a major boost to a Scotland squad rocked by injuries to Alex Dunbar, Tim Visser and Finn Russell and will see even more strength added to the already exciting Scotland centres.

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    • I don’t follow the Stormers too closely, so not too sure how good he is, but he’s still pretty new to Super Rugby. South African rugby is bleeding players to Europe at the moment with the weak Rand, but good luck to him.

  1. No doubt he is a good player but why not take someone who is coming through the ranks in Scotland. He could be introduced gradually not pushed ahead of young players working their way through the age levels.

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