Former Selkirk winger Lee Jones is swapping New Zealand for Scotstoun to provide injury cover for Glasgow Warriors’ forthcoming RaboDirect PRO12 matches.
The 25-year-old returns from Scotland 7s duty following his agreed loan from Edinburgh Rugby and will be available for this Sunday’s home game against Connacht.
Jones can expect a temperature drop of 20 degrees Celsius as he comes off the plane.
Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said on Wednesday: “We have a number of players away with Scotland and a few injuries in our backline, so Lee joining us is very welcome news.
“I’d like to thank Edinburgh Rugby and Scotland 7s for loaning Lee to us and he will be a quality addition.
“Lee is in great physical shape and has been in try-scoring form for Scotland 7s.
“I know him well from my time coaching with Scotland and he will fit in well at Scotstoun.
“He will be joining us tomorrow from the Scotland 7s camp in New Zealand, so we expect him to be available for this weekend’s game against Connacht.”
Scotland 7s head coach Stephen Gemmell said: “Lee has been given an opportunity to have game time in the RaboDirect PRO12 which is great for him as a player, and although disappointing to lose him, we are fortunate enough to call on Darren Gillespie, who has been living in Christchurch and is therefore able to join up with the squad.”
Jones has four caps for Scotland and has played 57 times for Edinburgh.
He has been a regular for Scotland 7s in the last year and has scored 34 tries in 14 tournaments in the IRB Sevens World Series.
Meanwhile, Jones’ old club Selkirk could maybe have done with him as well.
They have a tough time on their hands tomorrow, with a difficult trip to National League leaders Boroughmuir to contend with.
And they have not had the best preparation, as postponements due to the weather have meant they have not played since narrowly losing to Hawick in the Regional Cup on January 11.
Team manager Cammie Cochrane told The Wee Paper: “It is disappointing, of course, that we have not had much game time due to the weather.
“But we have been training well and it does mean that we’re not too bad injury wise.
“Apart from two long-term injuries – Ryan Crockett, who was badly concussed playing for the seconds, and Lee Kibble, who injured his knee playing Kelso just before Christmas – we are not bad at all.
“We do have another couple of guys who can’t make it this weekend due to other commitments, but we should still have a good enough team on paper to go and beat Boroughmuir.”
The match kicks off at 12.30pm and a large home support is expected as they could win the league if they beat Selkirk.