Lovell Rugby chats to... Huw Jones
February 02, 2018
When it comes to Scotland and this season’s 6 Nations, many ex-players, journalists and fans are thinking the same thing; is 2018 Scotland’s year?
Although many will feel that this is their chance, highflying centre Huw Jones is determined to take every game as it comes. We caught up with the 24-year-old to talk about his recent move to Glasgow, his time in Cape Town and the upcoming 6 Nations…
You joined the Glasgow Warriors this season. Are you enjoying your time in the PRO14?
Yes, its been good so far. It’s a great competition and although I’ve only played a couple of games, from what I’ve seen it’s a strong competition and things are going well.
You seemed to have enjoyed your time in South Africa. Do you miss Cape Town?
I absolutely love it down there, so I do miss it. Cape Town was home for me for five years but having said that, I think it was a good time for me to move on with my career and I’m definitely enjoying it up here in Scotland.
As always there’s a lot of excitement and anticipation in the build-up to the 6 Nations. Is there a lot of excitement/nerves in the Scotland camp?
It’s more excitement than anything else really. Coming off the back of our Autumn Series we felt that we played pretty well and although there’s obviously a lot to improve on, we’re moving in the right direction and there’s a lot of excitement around the way we’re playing and the squad of players we have. I think we have a lot to be excited about and we’re just really looking forward to getting our campaign going and doing the best that we can.
“It’s the first time in a while that we really feel like we can challenge every team and feel like we have can beat everyone.”
Scotland have been building over the last 12 months, beating Australia and narrowly losing to the All Blacks in the autumn. Are you guys feeling confident going into this year’s 6 Nations?
We’re definitely feeling confident. It’s the first time in a while that we really feel like we can challenge every team and feel like we can beat everyone. We’ve obviously got a lot of hard work to do to achieve that and we’re not going to expect anything to happen, but we’re definitely heading in to these games with confidence.
The Principality Stadium is considered by many as the ‘best’ stadium when it comes to atmosphere. Are you looking forward to kicking off your campaign in Cardiff?
I can’t wait! I’ve heard a lot about it and as you say, people do widely regard it as the best atmosphere in the sport. I personally think the atmosphere at Murrayfield is amazing, but I’m sure this will be special too and I can’t wait.
There’s been a lot of talk about you as an individual and how important you are to Scotland’s cause. Does that put extra pressure on yourself?
I don’t think it puts any pressure on me. I do see what people are saying and suppose it gives me a little bit of confidence, but I just try to do my job with the help of the guys around me.
“We’re mainly focusing on ourselves and not trying to think too much about the opposition.”
Which nation do you think will provide Scotland with their toughest test this year?
I think Ireland will be a big challenge! We travel to Ireland and in the 6 Nations everyone is strong at home so I think an away game in Dublin against Ireland will probably be our toughest test.
Are there any individuals that you’re looking forward to playing against this 6 Nations?
Not really to be honest. I haven’t looked at the squads yet, so I will just be taking it game-by-game. We’re mainly focusing on ourselves and not trying to think too much about the opposition.
We’ve recently sent you a pair of the Nike Mecurial Superfly V. What made you choose these boots?
I really like the way that Nike boots tend to fit and these are no different – they were extremely comfortable from the first time I put them on. I have wide feet which can sometimes be an issue, but these are a perfect fit. The reason I’ve gone for these ones in particular is because of the Anti-Clog technology. In the Northern Hemisphere there’s a few pitches that can get quite sticky and muddy and this should help on those pitches. I’m looking forward to giving them a run-out and hopefully they will keep me light on my feet.