At 6'6", long and lanky Ian Jones overcame early concerns about his perceived lack of bulk to become one of New Zealand’s greatest ever rugby locks. Between his debut in 1989 and retirement from test rugby in 1999 Ian had played 105 games for the All Blacks including 79 test matches, second only to Sean Fitzpatrick with 92 in the era he played.
Ian was a product of Northland and will forever be know by the nickname “Kamo” after the Whangarei suburb in which he grew up. His first cap for the All Blacks was at Dunedin’s Carisbrook against Scotland in 1990, where he scored a try on debut. From 1990 through to 1997, Ian was an automatic selection for the All Blacks. He and Robin Brooke formed one of the most enduring locking partnerships in international rugby. They were the ideal combination, with one commanding the front of the line out and the other the middle. While Robin was a hardnosed grinder, Ian had the ball skills in the open. In the Super 12 Ian made 38 appearances, often as captain, for the Chiefs between 1996 and 1999.
Ian had a three-year stint in English rugby with Gloucester and WASPS before returning to Auckland to work as a presenter/commentator for Sky TV and an ambassador for Philips New Zealand.
In the New Year Honours 2010, Jones was appointed Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to rugby.
He speaks about coaching, leadership and team dynamics, relating sport to business and includes generous doses of humour.
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