Iceman Jones announces his retirement
October 12, 1999

Former All Black Michael Jones has announced that he is to quit rugby.
The desire to enjoy his family before rugby injuries cripple him prompted the decision, which he announced before Saturday's game for Auckland against Manukau.

Jones made the decision during the week after much discussion with his wife Maliena, family, friends, team-mates and coaches.

The last few weeks had been "turmoil," he said. "But given I've been around for quite a while now. It is time to move on."

Jones played the full 80 minutes as his Auckland team thrashed Counties Manukau 50-15, finishing top qualifier for next weekend's NPC semi-finals.

During a stellar career, Jones played 55 tests for the All Blacks and 96 matches for Auckland. He was in the World Cup-winning team in 1987, as well as nine NPC-winning Auckland teams and two Super 12 champions.

The 1987 World Cup final win over France at Eden Park was the defining moment of his career, he said.

His future, beyond the forthcoming NPC semi-final and possibly final, will be determined by a "calling" to "give back to the young people of New Zealand."

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