Tom Jordan staying coy on Scotland prospects with focus on Glasgow’s URC title tilt

The NZ-born back becomes eligible for the national team in November

Tom Jordan's late try sealed Glasgow Warriors' away win over Benetton. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Tom Jordan becomes Scotland qualifed in November. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

CURIOSITY brought Tom Jordan to Scotland, talent has kept him here.

The decision to leave his native New Zealand in late 2019 to experience rugby in a new setting was not taken with any sort of long-term planning or vision in mind.

Jordan, though, settled well both on and off the pitch, catching the eye for the Ayrshire Bulls in the inaugural Super6 tournament and adapting quickly to life in the west of Scotland.


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That led to him being offered the chance to train with Glasgow Warriors during the Covid period, earn his first full-time deal in November 2021 then make his competitive debut the following year.

Now established as Warriors’ undoubted first choice at No. 10 – at least until Adam Hastings pitches up this summer – it has become only natural to wonder whether Jordan might be the long-term solution for Scotland in that role, too, especially with Finn Russell set to blow out 32 candles on his next birthday cake.

Jordan completes the five-year international qualifying period in November, just in time for the national team’s autumn series against Fiji, South Africa, Portugal and Australia.

It is, the 25-year-old acknowledges, a happy coincidence of timing but the former Hamilton Old Boy was happy to remain fairly circumspect about his Scotland prospects given what is still at stake this season.

“I’ve been asked that a lot to be fair!” he acknowledged. “I seem to have come over at the right date [to qualify for the autumn internationals]. But we’ll just see what happens. I need to be still playing here and playing the best I can.

“[Becoming qualified] is still a while away. Obviously I’ve thought about it when people have asked me but whatever happens will happen. Once I’ve qualified then I’ll think about what’s going on. But it’s still so far away.

“When I first came over I didn’t think I would ever have to worry about becoming Scottish qualified! I’ll have to wait to see and go with the flow. There’s no point thinking about it right now. My full focus is on Glasgow and winning the URC. That’s the main aim.”

 

 

Jordan’s flexibility – he is just at home playing in the centre – and the arrival of Hastings to Scotstoun could also be factors in the months ahead.

“I’ve always said I enjoy both positions,” he added. “I just enjoy playing rugby. I like 12, it’s fun to have a bit of the physical side and getting involved in the game in a different sense.

“And I love 10, steering the ship and telling the boys what to do! I enjoy both but it’s been good being back at 10, especially when Sione [Tuipulotu] and others came back from Scotland. They make it really easy to play at 10 as it takes away a lot of the pressure. It’s good to play with guys like that.”

Jordan got to know Hastings during the Gloucester fly-half’s first stint with Warriors and he seems excited, rather than anxious, about this potential threat to his prospects of starting at 10 next season.

“I was here training when Adam was here last so I know him quite well. He’s an awesome dude so it will be good to link up with him again. He’s a good laugh. I’ve not had any chat with him recently, I should probably flick him a message. I’m sure he’ll do really well coming back here and coming home.”

In the meantime, there is a championship to fight for. Three successive away games begin for Glasgow against Zebre on Saturday before a trip to South Africa to take on the Bulls and Lions.

Now only one point behind Leinster, Jordan admits Warriors are targeting a first-place finish to guarantee home advantage right throughout the playoffs.

“For any team being able to potentially play home quarters, home semis and a home final is so important,” he added. “Look at teams’ records and most win more games at home than away. With packed-out Scotstoun with people standing on the track watching, it’s an unreal atmosphere and something we really thrive on.

“It’s really important for us to finish as high in the table as we can to ensure that we put ourselves in the best position come the end of the season and not leave anything to chance when it’s in our hands just now to put ourselves there.

“Looking back at the season so far, I think we’ve had some good performances and been a bit more consistent. I’m happy that we’re getting the wins and keeping things ticking over which is really important going into this part of the season.”


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2 Comments

  1. Watching Zebre Glasgow have to wonder about Dobie at 10 too? Such an all rounder and seems taller than stats suggest. Also at the right age to succeed Russell.

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  2. Didn’t realise Jordon had been here that long, watch Edinburgh more than Glasgow, but seems a fine player.

    Good Scotland prospect? But 10 or Centre?

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