Huw Jones set for summer move to Montpellier, say French sources

Bayonne have also expressed an interest in signing the Glasgow and Scotland centre, who is enjoying a successful second spell at Scotstoun

Huw Jones
Huw Jones has signed a new two-year deal with Glasgow Image: © Craig Watson. www.craigwatson.co.uk

HUW Jones is close to finalising a close-season move from Glasgow to Montpellier Herault, according to respected French newspaper Midi Olympique. The 30-year-old is two years into his second spell at Scotstoun, having initially played there from 2017 to 2021 before heading south for a season with Harlequins.

Midi Olympique are reporting that Bayonne have also been interested in signing the Scotland and Warriors centre and made contact with him or his representatives. However, they believe that Montpellier have, at least in principle, won the fight to sign Jones.

“According to our information, MHR [Montpellier Herault Rugby] is in the process of finalising the arrival of Scottish centre Huw Jones,” the report reads. “The Scottish international also interested Aviron Bayonnais, with whom he has been in contact. But ultimately MHR should win the day.”

Jones had agreed to join Bayonne in 2021, but the club’s relegation from the Top 14 meant the deal was off and he moved to Harlequins instead.

Glasgow have so far declined to comment on the report.


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18 Comments

  1. All this chat about how a youngster should step up for the good of Scotland but I disagree. Ifollow club rugby, I love the season long marathon of it. I’d love Franco smith to build the team he wants rather than have his hands tied blooding players for a national team that plays a few games a year and doesn’t actually win anything whereas the two pro sides have the chance at actual trophies every year.

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    • Sorry Billy, as long as SRU pay the bills Glasgow and Edinburgh will be part of the pathway for players to the National team as they should be.

  2. It’s a good move for all concerned, as Jones gets to play somewhere warmer and drier than Glasgow and the Warriors get a sizeable wage (I assume) off their books whilst having a high quality replacement already in the squad. Hopefully it will create space for development players and Jones will still be available to Scotland for a few more years.

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  3. He is around 30 yrs old…good for him. We need to develop the next Scottish centres anyway. McDowell is vey close to the Scotland team also and will get more game time.

    • Absolutely agree, as long as his replacement is Scottish Qualified. Some good young centers at Glasgow and we don’t need them behind a NSQ player.

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      • are there?
        Who are these good young centres who have shown they are suitable replacements?

        I dearly hope you are correct but your statement will come as a huge surprise to the vast majority of Warriors fans

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      • septic I’d imagine McDowall steps up to first choice (he’s earned the shot), Tom Jordon will be looked at as a 12 and they have Munn and Yule who need to he given game time. That’s 5 scottish qualified centres when you throw in Tuipulotu. Potentially Steyn as an option at 13 again. You could argue a squad cover centre could be useful but it blocks the pathway we need for young centres to the national team.
        Bringing in a NSQ starter would be a terrible call.
        Only other option would be Tuipulotu jnr

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  4. Understand the reasoning from Jones point of view but this is the demoralising side of Scottish pro rugby – just as a team starts making serious progress we start loosing our best players. The inability to retain our top players or give upcoming players sufficient game time due to lack of cash to fund a third pro team renders Glasgow and Edinburgh something akin to ‘selling’ Premier League teams. You can be sure no Irish province would be waving goodbye to current international players like Glasgow and Edinburgh have with Jones or Kinghorn.

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    • I’m afraid with a £10m loss to deal with this is what happens, we start offloading some big salaries. Also need to draw a line under the 3rd team concept – no money, won’t happen

  5. Can’t blame the man for the move at his stage of career, but Warriors starting to look a bit thin in the centres during the international window – particularly if Sione is injured and Stafford is drafted in as cover.

  6. Your article mentioned that Jones agreed to sign for Bayonne in “2001”(?).
    What a precocious 7 year old he must have been! 😂

  7. Good luck to Huw, tremendously exciting player and has gifted me some of my best rugby memories. Go well sir

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  8. Absolutely can’t blame him, though we’ll miss him tremendously at Glasgow! This comment is totally off topic but I can’t figure out what’s going on in that photo of him. Is it an actual shot, or just a very poor composite photo? Gets more bizarre the more you look at it!

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    • It is a pic from behind the try line of the start of Huw’s break for the 1st try immediately after Slade has flown up and beyond Huw and clattered in to Finn, turning Finn 180 degrees.

  9. A big bucks move to the south of France as he enters the latter years of his career?

    Can’t blame the man for saying ‘Yes please!’

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    • Yep and will give more high profile game time to likes of McDowell who would be walking into most Scotland sides of the 6n era.

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