Scotland winger Lee Jones has told of the “vote of confidence” that comes with being sought out by Edinburgh Rugby to sign a contract extension.
The man expected to win his third cap when France are encountered at Murrayfield on Sunday in the RBS Six Nations is now booked into Edinburgh’s squad until 2014 at least.
Jones said: “I still had a year left on my contract it (renewing) was not something I was thinking about or necessarily worrying about.
“For Edinburgh to come in with the offer of an extension is obviously great news for me. They made the approach.”
Similarly Jones took heart from showing he had done enough on his journey into the unknown when England called to merit further opportunities.
“It is a relief in some ways when a second cap comes along. I didn’t know what to expect during my first cap appearance so things must have gone all right.”
Jones summed up that outing by saying there were “brick walls” around the pitch where there were “half gaps” at club level and he found the same situation applied in Wales last time.
“Wales defended with a lot of numbers in their front line defence and it was tough to play against. When teams do that there are gaps left elsewhere and hopefully they can be exploited.”
Were he to be selected against France then Jones will take the field having put the opposing wing threat under a microscope, France having chosen the same starting line-up that beat Italy 30-12 last time.
“Wingers like Malzieu and Clerc have a bit of strength in contact and maybe guys don’t expect that from wingers. They are always trying to wriggle out of tackles and it is hard to put them down. That’s what marks them down and definitely something we will have to watch out for” said Jones.
• TRIES from Cammy Bruce (2), Max Nimmo (2), Richard Tran, Andy Douglas and Colin Goudie, who also had three conversions saw Heriot’s beat Haddington 41-10 last night to book an RBS Regional Cup semi-final on Saturday at home to Currie. Colin Stuart and Kyle Adam scored for Haddington.