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Stacey Jones

Stacey Jones
Jones playing for the Warriors in 2009
Personal information
Full name Stacey William Jones
Nickname The Little General[1]
Born (1976-05-07) 7 May 1976
Auckland, New Zealand
Playing information
Height 171 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 82 kg (12 st 13 lb)
Position Halfback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1994 Auckland City 16 6 0 1 25
1995–2005 Auckland Warriors 238 75 171 12 654
2006–2007 Catalans Dragons 45 12 49 4 150
2009 NZ Warriors 23 2 5 2 20
Total 322 95 225 19 849
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1994 Auckland 1 0 0 0 0
1994 New Zealand Māori
1995–2006 New Zealand 48 17 50 2 170
Source: [2]

Stacey William Jones, ONZM (born 7 May 1976 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a former professional rugby league footballer, who has been named amongst the greatest New Zealand has ever produced. He currently plays for the Point Chevalier Pirates in the Auckland Rugby League's Phelan Shield. His usual position is at halfback, but he has also briefly played at five-eighth during his distinguished career, which includes 46 Tests for New Zealand (1995–2006). Stacey Jones is the first and only life member of the New Zealand Warriors club whose records for most appearances, tries and points he held at the time of his retirement.

Jones' vision and ability to control the game when his team was on attack earned him the sobriquet "the little general", a reference also to his small stature in comparison to that of most rugby league players. Jones was often able to find players with a high bombing kick at either sides of the field or place a sneaky through ball for oncoming players to pounce on.

Contents

  • Early years 1
  • Playing career 2
    • Auckland Warriors 2.1
    • Les Catalans 2.2
    • Return to New Zealand 2.3
    • Warriors comeback 2.4
  • Coaching career 3
  • Awards and achievements 4
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6
  • External links 7

Early years

Jones of Māori descent[4] was born in Auckland, New Zealand and is a grandchild to New Zealand rugby league great Maunga Emery.[5] He played junior grades for the Ponsonby Ponies and Mt Albert Lions before moving to the City-Pt Chev Pirates when he was 9.[6] Jones also attended the famous St. Paul's College, Auckland.[7] In 1994 he played for the Auckland City Vulcans side in the Lion Red Cup.[8] In July 1994 he captained the Junior Kiwis as they toured Australia. Here he played against Darren Lockyer, who was playing for the Junior Kangaroos at the time.[9]

Playing career

Auckland Warriors

Jones was soon spotted by the new Auckland Warriors franchise and made his first grade debut in 1995 against the Parramatta Eels in their inaugural year in what is now the National Rugby League (NRL).

On 23 April 1995 Jones made his first-grade début in Sydney, coming off bench to score a try in the Warriors' 40–4 win over the Parramatta Eels.[10] The Warriors' halfback Greg Alexander missed Rounds 10 and 11 through injury which resulted in Jones taking over at halfback. Jones played well enough to retain the position and force Alexander to move to fullback upon his return. He also quickly established his place in the international scene, replacing Gary Freeman as the New Zealand Kiwis halfback during the 1995 World Cup.

Over the next several years Jones cemented his spot in both the Warriors and Kiwis, sticking with the Warriors despite the lack of success on and off the field. Between 1995 and 1999 he played over 100 consecutive first grade games for the Warriors.[8] In 1999 he broke his arm playing for the Kiwis against Tonga, and as a result missed the first half of the 2000 NRL season, breaking his consecutive streak.[11] At the end of 2000 the Warriors were bankrupt and were sold for the second time in their short history. Jones was the first signing by the new franchise owned by current owner Eric Watson and it was his signing that convinced many other players to re-sign with the club.

It was under the new management where he first became club captain – in 2001 co-captaining with

  • Official Player Profile (Warriors.co.nz)
  • Stacey Jones Scoring Record

External links

  • Stacey Jones & Richard Becht (2005). Stacey Jones: Kiwi Warrior. Hodder Moa.  

Further reading

  1. ^ Jackson, Glenn (23 March 2009). "Magic still burns in the little general".  
  2. ^ Stacey Jones rugbyleagueproject.org
  3. ^ Jessup, Peter (18 August 2005). "'"Stacey's 'the epitome of a New Zealand champion. nzherald.co.nz (APN Holdings NZ Limited). Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  4. ^ http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/galleries/2014-maori-sports-awards-results
  5. ^ Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8
  6. ^ a b Brown, Michael (8 November 2009). "League: Old boys fight to keep Pirates afloat".  
  7. ^ "Warriors profile: Stacey Jones".  
  8. ^ a b Stacey Jones bio rugbyleague.co.nz
  9. ^ Schoolboy Stars Clash In Bundaberg Queensland Rugby League, 25 June 2008
  10. ^ "History". thewarriors.com.au.  
  11. ^ Test half Jones given the green light to resume playing AAP Sports News, 15 March 2000
  12. ^ "Jones voted world's best". BBC Sport ( 
  13. ^ Richards, Huw (27 November 2005). "New Zealand dismantles Australia's dynasty, 24–0".  
  14. ^ Kiwi's Check Out Stacey Jones Rugby League Gameplanet, 17 October 2003
  15. ^ "Jones Back at Warriors". RLeague.com. 18 February 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2008. 
  16. ^ "Labour's counter-coup – Stacey Jones".  
  17. ^ "Thurston, Tallis back Jones' NRL return".  
  18. ^ "Salary talk puts heat on Stacey Jones".  
  19. ^ Stacey Jones ignites Warriors’ premiership dream The Roar, 23 March 2009
  20. ^ Johnstone, Duncan (2 September 2009). "Stacey Jones: I leave with no regrets".  
  21. ^ "Forget about the last game, get ready for another".  
  22. ^ Jones returns to Warriors in coaching & development role rleague.com, 12 November 2012
  23. ^ Junior Warriors triumph in Holden Cup nzherald.co.nz, 5 October 2014
  24. ^ Warriors survive Broncos scare to win Holden Cup nrl.com, 5 October 2014
  25. ^ Jones to coach NSW Cup side in 2015 warriors.co.nz, 5 October 2014
  26. ^ Stacey Jones, Auckland Rugby League Immortal est1995.co.nz, 21 September 2003

References

Awards and achievements

In 2015 Jones will coach the Warriors side in the NSW Cup.[25]

Jones was appointed as the New Zealand Warriors Junior Recruitment and Pathways Coach for the 2013 season.[22] He became the Junior Warriors head coach in the Holden Cup for the 2014 season and in his inaugural season the Warriors won the Cup, defeating the Brisbane Broncos 34–32 in the Grand Final.[23][24]

Following his retirement from professional rugby league, Jones took up a role as player-coach for the Pt Chev Pirates, alongside Awen Guttenbeil.[6][21] He later worked as the Auckland Rugby League's Development officer.

Coaching career

In early September Jones announced that his comeback was over and he would not be returning for the 2010 NRL season.[20]

In his March 2009 return game to the NRL, Jones set up two tries and guided his team to a 26–24 victory over Manly, reaffirming his nickname as "The Little General".[19] Despite being predicted to play mostly off the bench in 2009, the early release of incumbent halfback Nathan Fien in June saw Jones thrust into the familiar role of starting playmaker for the Warriors once again. Unfortunately, Jones' early good form did not continue and the Warriors struggled to a disappointing 14th placing on the ladder.

On 7 November 2008 it was announced that Stacey Jones had re-signed as a player with the New Zealand Warriors on a one-year contract for 2009. He reportedly signed a contract worth over $220,000.[18]

Warriors comeback

In November 2008 he played for the All Golds again in New Plymouth against the New Zealand Māori. The game served as both a testimonial to Ruben Wiki and a warm up for the 2008 World Cup. Participating in this game made Jones realise he still wanted to play rugby league.[17]

During the New Zealand 2008 election Jones publicly appeared with then Prime Minister Helen Clark and offered his support to the Labour Party campaign.[16]

Stacey Jones returned home and rejoined the New Zealand Warriors as their kicking coach for the 2008 season. As part of his release from the Dragons he was not allowed to play for any other club during the 2008 season.[15]

Jones and Awen Guttenbeil coaching the Point Chev Pirates in 2010

Return to New Zealand

Jones helped Catalans reach the 2007 Challenge Cup Final. In September 2007 he announced his retirement from the game and left the Dragons.

After the 2006 Rugby League Tri-Nations Final it was announced that Jones was retiring from international football however he returned for a final time against a 'Northern Union' side for New Zealand 'All Golds' to celebrate the centenary of New Zealand's national rugby league team who first toured England in 1907. Jones kicked five goals as the 'All Golds' won 25–18 at Warrington's Halliwell Jones stadium.

In April 2005 Stacey Jones announced he was leaving the Warriors, then his only professional club to join the new French addition to the Super League for the 2006 season Catalans Dragons. In doing so he became the last foundation member of the Warriors to leave the club.

Les Catalans

Jones is widely regarded as the best New Zealand player of his generation. This reputation was strengthened in 2002 when he won the Golden Boot – the award given to the player who the rugby league press considered to have been the best international player for that year. In New Zealand he had a video game named after him, Stacey Jones' Rugby League.[14] He currently still holds the record for most appearances (238 NRL games) and is the second highest try scorer (77) behind Manu Vatuvei (99).

In his career, he has also represented his country at two World Cups (1995 and 2000), three Tri Nations series (1999, 2005, 2006), and has played 41 games for the New Zealand Kiwis. He retired from the national team in 2004 while having a disappointing year at club level. However, on 15 October 2005 Stacey ended 2 years of international retirement, answering an SOS from Kiwis coach Brian McClennan intending only to play the Australasian section of the Tri Nations series. He then went on to play the rest of their round robin matches against Great Britain in England. Stacey Jones was an integral part of the New Zealand Tri Nations campaign. In the first match, he guided the Kiwis to their first win in Sydney in 50 years before being part of their narrow loss to Australia in Auckland. He set up 4 tries in the first match in England which the Kiwis won by 42–26. He then missed the fourth Kiwi game, instead returning to New Zealand to be with his wife for the birth of their son. In the 2005 Rugby League Tri-Nations Final, he continually kicked Bombs aimed at the Australian wingers that set up three tries in the Kiwis' 24–0 victory over Australia. Until then Australia had not lost a series in 27 years.[13]

Jones passing

for the World's best international rugby league player. Golden Boot Award Also in 2002, Jones became only the second New Zealand player to win the [12]

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