Injury looks certain to keep Scotland centre Huw Jones out of the current Super Rugby season, meaning Glasgow’s most exciting signing for next season could be here sooner rather than later in preparation for pulling on the Warriors shirt next season.
He is recovering from a serious hamstring injury sustained against Italy at BT Murrayfield on the final weekend of the RBS Six Nations, that we already know will keep him out of Scotland’s summer tour.
From Cape Town, he said: “The timescales I’ve been given for the recovery are about four months, which would take me to the end of July. I could be back sooner than that, but I’m not running yet, so while I’d never say never, I am not holding my breath.”
With the Stormers going well in their group in Super Rugby, knockout games are not out of the question for late July, but it would be unlikely he will be thrown in after such a long layoff. It would also leave him short of match time with his Western Province team mates should he be asked to play through the Currie Cup season that follows from August through to October.
As a result, the eight-times capped centre could be back in Scotland sooner than expected, adding: “My contract takes me through the Currie Cup but I’m not sure if I’ll be here for that.
“As it stands, I will, but we’ll need to wait and see.”
It could perhaps see him as part of the player group Jason O’Halloran was so keen to work with during Glasgow’s pre-season training, if he is released from his commitments.
Jones also admitted he was “disappointed” to see only two Scottish players in the British and Irish Lions squad.
Warren Gatland picked only Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour in the squad, and Jones, felt that others had done their cause no harm as the Scots won three matches in the Six Nations.
Jones, though, passed on his congratulations to his soon-to-be Glasgow Warriors three-quarters colleagues.
He said: “Firstly, I am delighted for those two guys and good luck to them in New Zealand. I think we were all disappointed when we saw only two names.”
“There were a lot of other guys who had put their hands up, but at the same time it is difficult to argue with the squad they have picked – it is a strong squad.”
There were words of encouragement, though, from Jones to his international colleagues who missed out – with the likes of Finn Russell, Hamish Watson, Greig Laidlaw and Sean Maitland unlucky to miss out.
“There are always guys who are called up to the squad late and there are always injuries – you wouldn’t wish that on anyone – but hopefully the boys keep training hard and you never know,” he added.
Jones revealed he had his sights set on Warren Gatland’s touring party before his injury.
“I think everyone who is playing international rugby for one of the home nations has their eye on the Lions,” he said.
“It was in the back of my mind, but as soon as I did the injury and found out the seriousness of it, those thoughts all went.”
Portions of this interview originally appeared in the East Lothian Courier.