Jones relishing return to action
The last time Huw Jones walked into Scotstoun for the first training session of the week, the centre was building up to an all-Conference A clash with Leinster following a try-scoring performance against the Dragons just two days earlier.
five months, and whilst there have been changes aplenty as a result of
COVID-19, it still feels just like home for Glasgow Warriors.
great to be back at Scotstoun and back where we belong,” Jones told
obviously not as it was before – you can’t use the changing rooms or the
showers, for example – but it’s a step in the right direction. Each day that
goes by we take another step closer to the games next month.
“The operations team has set up the gym on the indoor track, so you’re
paired up and you share one of the gym bays that have been spaced out. Only you
can use that bay, and you need to clean it down and disinfect it after you’re
straight out onto the field – we’re into more contact work with bags and pads,
touch rugby games and small sided skill games now, so we’re building up to a
return to full training. It’s straight out again when you’re done, too. It’s
all been running smoothly so far.”
to Scotstoun marked the latest step on the road to rugby’s return for Jones and
his team-mates, a road that leads to BT Murrayfield and a double-header with
Edinburgh in less than a month’s time. It’s a double-header that also serves as
the first chance for the squad to impress the new additions to the coaching
staff, in the form of Head Coach Danny Wilson and assistant Jonny Bell.
squad is buzzing to getting back to playing rugby,” said Jones.
that it’s two derbies against Edinburgh makes it even better. They should be
two great matches, too.
Danny from the Scotland setup, and he’s great. He’s working more with the
forwards and overall team stuff at the minute, but he’s been great to have in
the setup. Jonny has been great as well – he’s brought in a lot of new ideas
while at the same time retaining our attacking identity. They’ve both made a
really good impression so far, and now it’s up to us to impress them.”
been idle during rugby’s suspension, though; Maltese-poodle cross Louie has
made absolutely sure of that.
really done anything productive, but I’ve been pretty good at filling the time!”
watched a few series, read a few books, and Louie’s been keeping us busy. We’ve
been taking him out for walks all the time – he’s been absolutely loving life
in the last few months!
talking to a few of the guys who have dogs, and they’re all saying the same
thing in that the dogs have all become quite clingy when we’ve been around all
day. It’ll be interesting to see how they adjust now we’re going to work! Most
of the boys have dogs now, and I know some other clubs have kennels at training
– maybe Shiz [kitman Dougie Mills] can set that up for us!”
though, Louie will have to just watch on as Jones heads back to the day job.
With his first try for Glasgow coming against Edinburgh at BT Murrayfield back
in 2017, along with December’s scintillating assist for Ali Price at Scotstoun
and a try in the most recent meeting between the two sides, is there a better
opponent for Jones to be taking aim at as he targets rugby’s return?
“I’ve had a
couple of good moments against them for sure!” laughed the centre.
not always have won, but hopefully if I’m selected I’ll be able to keep that
good run of form and maybe get over the whitewash again.
going 100% into these games because we always want to win, but the main thing
for everyone is getting back to playing again.”