Ian Jones is a legend of New Zealand rugby and was one of the greatest locks to ever play the game.
Ian Jones Bio
Ian Jones was one of the finest locks to ever play the game. During his distinguished career, he represented a number of the world’s elite sides and was capped by New Zealand 79 times. Ian Jones was inducted into the RugbyPass Hall of Fame in 2021.
Although he was light and small for the position, Ian Jones comfortably overcame his physical limitations to become not only a magnificent lock, but also a top exponent of the lineout.
Domestically, Ian Jones represented Northland (1988-1993) and North Harbour (1993-1999) in the National Provincial Championship and the Chiefs in Super Rugby (1996-1999). At the end of his international career, he decided to leave the country and move to England. Here, he represented both Gloucester (1999-2001) and London Wasps (2001-02) before his retirement from the game.
Although he enjoyed a stellar domestic career, Ian Jones is undoubtedly best known for his international career with the All Blacks, which spanned from 1990 to 1999. During this time, he played in 105 matches for the side, including 79 tests. With the All Blacks, he formed a formidable partnership with Robin Brooke and represented his country at three Rugby World Cups.
Since retiring from rugby in 2002, Ian Jones has stayed connected to the game and he currently works as a television commentator. Thanks to his contribution to the All Blacks, Ian Jones was also appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rugby in 2010.