Lee Jones backs Dougie Fife to grab Test chance

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Lee Jones has backed his Edinburgh Rugby wing colleague Dougie Fife to follow in his footsteps and grab a Six Nations Championship opportunity.

Two years ago a series of quality displays led Jones to caps against England, Wales, France and Ireland before a switch of emphasis saw him included in Scotland’s latest sevens squad.

As he prepares to fly out to Las Vegas for the next IRB tournament, Jones noted that Fife is embarking on a similar path.

“Dougie has shown again what can happen – and quickly – when you take an opportunity. It can escalate and I’m pleased for Dougie.”

At the same time Jones, 25, insists: “My goal is get back out on to the Murrayfield pitch again in a dark blue jersey.

“First, I’ll aim to return to the Edinburgh team and meantime it is about sevens.

“I was in Delhi with the Scotland sevens at the last Commonwealth Games and it was a highlight of my career.

“Being selected for Scotland in front of a home crowd in Glasgow will be fantastic especially being part of a wider team with opportunities to learn from other sports.

“This week’s draw put us in a pool with New Zealand who have won every Games tournament, as well as Canada and Nigeria.

“It’ll be good to test ourselves against the best that is New Zealand and we are looking at Canada as being similar to ourselves in terms of world rankings so that is a must-win game.

“As for Nigeria, they’re a team we won’t know much about, not being on the IRB circuit. But they are likely to have some big, fast guys.”

Coach Stevie Gemmell, speaking at the launch of a “Year of Sevens” at Murrayfield attended by Sports Minister Shona Robison targeted medals for his squad, saying: “We have been quarter-finalists on the world series and if you do that in the Games you are one game away from a medal.

“Traditionally, we have done well in home tournaments and looking at the success of the GB athletes at the London Olympics encourages us further. No Scottish team has ever beaten New Zealand but we’ll play them in Las Vegas and see where we are at against them.”