UNCAPPED centre Huw Jones has revealed that he owes his Scotland call-up to an eagle-eyed member of the Glasgow Warriors’ backroom staff - and a page on the Wikipedia website.

The 22-year-old, who is in the national squad for the two-Test tour to Japan, has played all his professional rugby so far for the Stormers in South Africa. And judging by his name, you would expect him to have a Welsh background.

But when Jones was playing for the University of Cape Town a couple of years back, Warriors analyst Gavin Vaughan noticed there was a Saltire next to his name on the team’s Wikipedia page. Not too long after that, he established that Jones was born in Edinburgh and spent the first two years of his life there before moving down south with his English parents.

The Warriors got in touch, and Jones visited Scotstoun when he was in the country some 18 months ago. Nothing came of that visit at the time, but it meant he was now on Vern Cotter’s radar - and the national coach duly called Jones up a couple of weeks ago for the Japan trip.

“Gavin Vaughan watches a lot of rugby,” Jones explained yesterday. “He watched some Varsity Cup games and he checked the UCT Wikipedia page and I was listed as Scottish on that. So he got in contact with me on the back of that.

“I visited Glasgow at the end of 2014. I decided against [joining] - I’ve had contacts with them and chatted to them a bit, but I wanted to stay at the Stormers. I’m under contract until October next year. I don’t have a clause to get a release, so if I was to come away it would have to be some very good negotiating. But I haven’t thought about that.

“I’ve always supported Scotland when watching the Six Nations growing up, and had a flag hanging above my bed since I was 11 or so. I wasn’t expecting to get the call at all, but when I did it didn’t take long to make the decision.”

A foot injury has stopped Jones taking a full part in training with the national squad so far, and he may not be fit enough to take part in the first Test a week tomorrow. But he should be available for the second Test a week later, and if all goes well could be in line to make his home debut in the Autumn Tests in November.