Lee Jones has played down the possible threat from recent Edinburgh Rugby colleague Richie Rees for new club Newport Gwent Dragons when the Rabo Direct Pro 12 campaign at Murrayfield opens on Friday.
As Jones acknowledges, the former Wales scrum half Rees was an integral part of the Edinburgh team last season, starting 16 matches before his summer transfer and as such might have plenty of weapons to unleash. But, as for special insights into codes etc, things have changed dramatically in a short time, he says.
Winger Jones, quickly into his stride with a try as Edinburgh lost 23-34 at Munster on Saturday, says: “We have new coaches and there are a few new guys in as well.
“Overall our game plan is a lot different and fans can expect to see us trying to be more direct. In our own half we are playing pretty safe and saving the (stylish) rugby for the other half.”
Some things never change, though, and Jones’ try against Munster leaves him one short of an elite who have achieved double figures for Edinburgh while they have come in 48 starts plus eight appearances off the bench.
So prolific was Jones in 2011-12 that he played four Six Nations matches, scoring against France, before being injured in Ireland.
“Of course I’d like to get back but overall ambition can’t come without putting in the groundwork,” said the 25-year-old, adding: “I just want to start for Edinburgh. That is my challenge. Hopefully the competition for places (there are five capped wings in the squad) will help.”
Since last season, too, Edinburgh full back Greig Tonks has been capped and Jones believes that confidence boost to his colleague will make the Edinburgh back three, traditional harvesters of points, even more dangerous.
“Greig was a key player last season, too, a solid guy to have at 15. He makes good decisions. communicates well. kicks well and is good under high ball. Any back three we put our will be pretty dangerous and hopefully I can be a big part of that.”
Jones was speaking at the launch of a scheme which will see 50 youngsters invited to take part in a half-time goal-kicking contest while a series of master classes will also be held.
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