Former New Zealand rugby union player, the Kamo Kid, Ian Jones is in high demand as one of the nation’s leading Rugby speakers.
Ian comes from the Whangarei suburb of Kamo, and has always been known as the ‘Kamo Kid’. In 1990 Ian made his debut for the All Blacks, against Scotland at Carisbrook in Dunedin in which he scored a try. By coincidence, in 1996, also at Carisbrook and also playing against Scotland, he celebrated his 50th cap with another try. He played his Super 12 rugby for the Chiefs and his NPC career for North Harbour.
Ian was a casualty of criticism in earlier years, due to his perceived ‘lack of bulk’ to become one of New Zealand rugby's greatest ever locks.
In 1999 he left the New Zealand game to play for the English club Gloucester. When he retired, he was the most capped All Black lock with 79 tests. During his 9 years in the All Blacks he played 35 consecutive tests.
Ian returned to New Zealand in 2002, after retiring from the game, and is now a regular television commentator with Sky TV.
In the 2010 New Year Honours, Ian was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rugby.
If you are looking for a down to earth, personable and entertaining rugby speaker or anecdotal dinner speaker - look no further than Ian Jones.
- Rugby Union & League