MONTHS after his time with Glasgow Warriors came to an end, Lee Jones is back in business as a member of the Scotland Sevens squad. The winger, who is joined in the 12-strong group by a number of players who starred in Super6 earlier this season, had no hesitation in accepting the invitation from head coach Ciaran Beattie to join the group.
“It’s probably always been in the back of the mind throughout my career that if there was ever a chance to get back and play a bit of sevens, that would be a choice I would make,” Jones said today. “As soon as Ciaran offered the opportunity, the first thing I’m thinking is ‘Yes, 100 per cent’.
“I’d had a few conversations with some different folks and came to the conclusion that it was a really good fit for me. I still feel I’ve got a lot to offer the game. I wanted to play at least another year, and for this opportunity to come up in what is a massive year for sevens – I want to grasp it with both hands. I’m delighted to get back into a sevens programme and get going.”
The coming campaign will see Scotland compete in their own right again after being part of Team GB this year, and it could culminate for Jones in an appearance at his fourth Commonwealth Games following previous competitions in Delhi, Glasgow and the Gold Coast. “When I look back on my career so far, Glasgow 2014 is right up there with the biggest highlights,” the 33-year-old added.
“The fact that it was a home games and we were playing at Ibrox sticks in my memory as a real highlight. The Commonwealth Games is in Birmingham this coming season and you could argue it’s a home games for Scotland, for the home nations. The opportunity to potentially go there and compete is a big driver for me. In 2010 I’d just signed with Edinburgh, so it was right at the start of my career. It seems like a long time ago, but the game has maybe not changed that much.”
While the likes of Jones and Jamie Farndale have a wealth of experience at this level, Beattie believes he has also managed to blend in some of the most promising young players in the country. “I’m delighted with the squad I’ve managed to put together,” the head coach said.
“It was good to have the Fosroc Super6, because that was exceptional and it gave me a chance to look at a number of players. I managed to start sleeping at night when I realised I could put together a decent squad through guys from that competition and other experienced sevens players.”
Scotland Sevens core squad for 2022 (HSBC World Sevens Series events for Scotland in brackets): Kaleem Barreto (2), Alec Coombes (16), Matt Davidson (0), Jordan Edmunds (0), Harvey Elms (21), Jamie Farndale (43), Lee Jones (25), Paddy Kelly (4), Gavin Lowe (40), Ross McCann (16), Femi Sofolarin (3), Callum Young (1).