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Tommy Seymour: New Scotland call-up Huw Jones will do his talking on the pitch

Published 09/06/2016

Tommy Seymour predicts affairs will be closer between Japan and Scotland this time
Tommy Seymour predicts affairs will be closer between Japan and Scotland this time

Scotland wing Tommy Seymour believes new call-up Huw Jones is doing the right thing saving his talking for the pitch.

The Cape Town Stormers centre was a surprise inclusion in Vern Cotter's squad for this month's tour of Japan.

Born in Edinburgh, the 22-year-old was educated in Somerset, but his rugby career took off on a gap-year trip to South Africa in 2012.

He now plies his trade in Super Rugby but Seymour admits to knowing little about the new inclusion.

A foot injury this week has limited his involvement in training and the chance for the rest of the Dark Blues line-up to find out what he is capable off but his quiet approach has gone down well with Seymour at least.

The Glasgow wing said: "He seems a nice lad. He has not come in too boisterous or anything like that. He's just come in and got on with what he needs to do. That's the best way to do things.

"I think he will fit in well and hopefully he can have an impact in the shirt.

"I don't know too much (about how he will fit in the team) as he's not be involved too much.

"But from what I've heard and what I've seen in his highlights reel, he will be an abrasive guy who will get in and do his job well.

"He wants to operate in those 10 channels. He's quite a big guy so he'll be able to bring that edge.

"His ability to play in a multitude of positions is also something that will help. He's adaptive. He can play centre, 15 and wing so to have guys who can do that is always a key component in our armoury."

The Scots face the Brave Blossoms across a Test doubleheader, with the first clash scheduled for June 18 in Toyota City, with the second a week later in Tokyo.

Cotter's men have had recent experience of facing the Asian champions, though, after claiming a 45-10 victory at last year's World Cup just days after Japan had produced the shock result of the tournament with their stunning win over South Africa.

Scotland were grateful that the four-day turnaround after that incredible result had dulled the threat of the then Eddie Jones line-up.

But Seymour predicts affairs will be closer this time.

He said: "They were a quality team going into the World Cup and I think they've probably come on a few phases since then.

"With the participation of the Sunwolves in the Super 15, they have probably developed being a part of that competition too.

"They will have a new coaching structure in place with new ideas, so I think they will take everything they did in the World Cup and build on that. Certainly it will be a high-tempo, very skilled side with a lot of energy. They will do things very quickly and very efficiently.

"We will need to be on our guard and try to get on top of their tempo and their turnover ball, because that is something they are very dangerous with."

The Scots' tour is as much a sporting exercise for Cotter's team as it is a chance to continue the rapid rise in interest in rugby following Japan's exploits at England 2015.

But the Scottish Rugby Union are also being careful not to offend local sensibilities too after handing each of their players a booklet with a list of cultural dos and don'ts.

Everything from a guide on how to bow to instructions to cover up tattoos - which are considered taboo by many Japanese citizens - is covered but Seymour insists he and his team-mates will make sure they fit in with local customs.

He said: "I think we will have do some bowing practice before we go. A lot of the guys came in and said 'Have you read through that part of the handbook?'

"There are obviously things we will have to adapt to. You have got to take part in their culture and go with their way of doing things. It is something all the guys will embrace. Hopefully we can get it right, and we won't be embarrassing ourselves out there."

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