MUSSELBURGH-BORN rugby star Huw Jones insists he "can't wait" to take on unbeaten England in the next round of the NatWest Six Nations. 

That comes after the 23-year-old scored his eighth try in 13 Scotland appearances to help Gregor Townsend's men come from behind to beat France on Sunday. 

Jones (pictured below, by Andrew Andrew Milligan/PA Wire) scored when he took Greig Laidlaw's pass and scythed through the French defence shortly before half-time in Sunday's 32-26 win. 

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And while he was delighted to have secured victory over Les Bleus, helping Scotland bounce back following a 34-7 drubbing at the hands of Wales in round one, Jones' sights were firmly set on England next Saturday (February 23). 

He said: "It doesn't get any bigger for a Scotland player to face England up here. 

"We're all really excited about it.

"We've got two weeks to prepare so we'll be working hard.

"I can't wait."

The 23-year-old's weekend try came after wing Sean Maitland crossed, replying to two scores by Racing 92 winger Teddy Thomas for the visitors, who led 10-14 at the break. 

Scotland had the returning Laidlaw to thank for the rest of their points - the scrum-half kicking six penalties and two conversions for a personal tally of 22 points.

And at the post-match press conference, Townsend was quick to praise former Pinkie Road resident Jones (pictured below by Andrew Andrew Milligan/PA Wire). 

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The Scotland head coach said: "I thought that was Huw's best game for a while.

"He looked sharp and he was looking to get on ball.

"He was strong in the contact area and it was a brilliant finish for the try."

And Jones himself was delighted to have crossed the whitewash. 
He said: "I just saw a bit of a gap and went for it.

"We knew they left gaps around the rucks and I saw the opportunity and took it."

The 23-year-old, who lived on Musselburgh's Pinkie Road before moving south of the Border as a youngster, was similarly delighted to have bounced back from the defeat to Wales in round one. 

He said: "It was a great game to be involved in - a little bit nerve-wracking at times.

"I really enjoyed it and it was great to come away with the win."

And Jones singled out man of the match Laidlaw (pictured below by Andrew Andrew Milligan/PA wire) as "instrumental" in victory over the French – the scrum half's first international start in almost a year.

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He added: "He brought a lot of calmness and obviously his kicking with the boot was spot on every time.

"His leadership really helped, it obviously helps having as many leaders as you can out there.

"Barcs [John Barclay] is a great captain and Greeg has all that experience. 

"He's a great talker and has obviously been captain before, so it's great having them both on the field."