Huw Jones has set his sights on winning a trophy in Scotland colours after the career high of lifting the United Rugby Championship with Glasgow Warriors.  

Jones, who missed two months with a hand injury before returning for the play-offs, played a key role in the wins over Munster and Bulls as the Warriors stormed to the title.  

His break set up Sebastian Cancelliere for the decisive try at Thomond Park in the semi-final, while Jones got Glasgow’s third score in an astonishing comeback at Loftus Versfeld at the weekend.   

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As the Warriors celebrated with their supporters at Scotstoun on Tuesday night, Jones reflected on their achievement.  

He said: “It feels incredible. After the final whistle, there was a mix of relief and elation, a whole lot of emotion. 

"Everyone has worked so hard all season and it’s just an incredible feeling. I’m so proud of what we have achieved together as a club and as a team. It’s just brilliant.” 

One of the most eye-catching aspects of the play-off run was how the Warriors shelved their usual gung-ho, attack from anywhere gameplan in favour of a more conservative approach. 

Jones said that paid dividends in the final.   

“It was a hell of an effort from the boys,” he said, before delving into some key aspects of the performance.  

“We obviously have our gameplan going into the game, but things will change.  

"We kicked a lot off nine, which we have been doing all season. That was to apply pressure on them, which I think worked well because our chasing was so good.  

“Getting that try before half-time was huge. It kept us in the game and probably took a bit of the wind out of their sails going into half-time. In the second half, we produced a mature, controlled performance, took the points when we needed to and held out with our defence. 

“The maul defence was incredible, and a couple of those defensive sets around halfway towards the end of the game - that’s what wins championships and those big games. Being able to keep teams out in those key moments.” 

Jones has had an excellent season for GlasgowJones has had an excellent season for Glasgow (Image: SNS)

Without the ball, he remains the same threat that stunned the Wallabies on his first Test start in 2017, or scortched through the England midfield in 2018.  

However in his early career, Jones’ own defensive game came in for some criticism.  

He acknowledged it is an area where he has improved immeasurably in recent years.  

"Peter Murchie [Glasgow’s defence coach] and Steve Tandy [Scotland defence coach] have helped me personally and the teams as well.  

“We defend so much better as a unit and so we’re a very difficult team to break down. 

“A few years ago, we were easier to break down and would maybe concede straight away from a line break whereas a couple of times against the Bulls we managed to scramble back to stop tries and we also managed to get that front line in position, with the forwards knocking them back every time. 

“When they came wide, we were just shutting them off. So from a personal and a team point of view, I think our defence has been brilliant.” 

Huw Jones shows off his URC medalHuw Jones shows off his URC medal (Image: Craig Watson)

Jones, who returned to Glasgow in 2021 having spent a single season at Harlequins, was heavily linked with a move away from Scotstoun this summer.  

There were discussions with clubs in France, but Jones re-signed with the Warriors determined to win a trophy with the club he first joined from Stormers, the South Africans that Glasgow dispatched in the quarter-final, back in 2017.  


Jones said: “The fact that we have done it this year is amazing, and also gives me another two years to win it twice more. 

“We were saying that we don’t want this to be the end, the pinnacle. This is the start of something.  

“We’ve got a great squad profile in terms of age, we’ve got a lot of young players who have played a lot this season. It’s been a huge squad effort - so many players have had to step in because we’ve had loads of injuries, and that’s going to be massive for us going forward. 

“The amount of experience those young guys have got this season is going to make them so much better next season. We’d love to go on and repeat this, and potentially more. We’d like this to be the start of something.” 

After singing the praises of head coach Franco Smith, Jones revealed the Warriors boss stuck to his promise of a “wee dram” of whisky and a cigar.  

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“We broke out the cigars when we got back to the hotel, which was pretty fun,” Jones said before revealing there are celebrations planned for the rest of the week.   

“We had a huge celebration at the hotel after the game. A little bit more at lunch the next day then a long flight back.  

“Not everyone travelled to South Africa, so on Monday all the non-playing guys, the ones who hadn’t travelled, got together and we all went to the pub and had a good celebration there. 

“We’ve got a few more things this week, including an end of season do. There are more opportunities to celebrate. 

“It was great to have the fans at Scotstoun on Tuesday night. Obviously not everyone could travel.” 

More than 4,000 Glasgow fans turned up to celebrate on Tuesday nightMore than 4,000 Glasgow fans turned up to celebrate on Tuesday night (Image: Craig Watson)

Jones and the rest of the Warriors who started the final have been given the week off by Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend. They will meet up with the national team when they fly to Canada on Saturday for the start of a four-week tour. 

Jones, who will likely win his 50th cap on the trip, is looking forward to another long-haul with so many of his Warriors colleagues.  

He said: “We are all massively excited for the summer tour.  

“There are loads of us going, a lot of new guys, which is really exciting for them.  

“For those of us who have played before, it’s a great opportunity to keep the momentum going for Scotland.” 

Turning his attentions to the national team, Jones believes the wins at Thomond Park and Loftus Versfeld should stand Scotland in good stead moving forward.  

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“With our controlled and measured performances in the last three games, especially down at Loftus, that’s something we can definitely take forward here with Glasgow - it’s a massive confidence booster - and also bring to Scotland camp,” Jones said.  

Jones has formed a formidable midfield partnership with his Glasgow club-mate Sione Tuipulotu at international levelJones has formed a formidable midfield partnership with his Glasgow club-mate Sione Tuipulotu at international level (Image: SNS)

He continued: “For years we’ve been a team that can win big games but can’t often string them together.  

“Look at our Six Nations over the last few years - we’ve won some of the big games but not managed to get enough to go on and win the championship. 

“This is huge, the fact that we went three big games in a row and won them all. If we can take that feeling and that control into the Scotland camp - and there are a lot of boys from here going in - it will be massively beneficial for Scotland going forward.” 

He said winning a trophy with Scotland is the next target.  

"We go into every Six Nations with the aim of winning it but now that we’ve done it here with Glasgow, this group of players is a big part of the Scotland team so hopefully we can take that experience, put it into the Scotland shirt and hopefully turn it into winning silverware.” 

Jones was speaking eight years to the day from his Scotland debut against Japan.  

He acknowledged that was a career highlight, but that winning the league with the Warriors has eclipsed his first cap.  

He explained: “Winning a league is huge because it shows the graft from the whole squad and the sacrifice you’ve made over a whole season.  

“I’ve been a part of some big wins in the past, but winning the league, and in the fashion we did it, winning three big games in a row, two of them away against very tough opposition, it’s huge. 

“This is definitely my career highlight - so far. Hopefully we can go on and do more.”