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Jones won't change mind on Kiwi duty

By Adrian Proszenko 16/10/2005 08:04:22 PM Comments (0)

Not even a stirring victory and a serious injury to sometime half Lance Hohaia are likely to change Stacey Jones' mind about his availability for the Tri Nations series.

Jones played his first match for the Kiwis on Saturday night after two years of international retirement and helped steer the Kiwis to a memorable 38-28 win at Telstra Stadium.

But the 29-year-old playmaker, who is joining French club Les Catalans in the English Super League after a decade in the NRL with the New Zealand Warriors, said the return clash against the Kangaroos in Auckland on Friday would be his last of the series.

"I've got commitments in France, so I was only committed to do these two games," he said.

"It's hard, my wife is due (to give birth) in November so it will be difficult there.

"I'd love to go, I'd really love to go, but at this stage it will be a bit too hard.

"I definitely have to get to France, do some stuff there."

Kiwi coach Brian McClennan said he was thrilled to have Jones on board for the opening two Tri Nations encounters, but wouldn't put any pressure on him to continue his stint in the black jersey.

"We'll just concentrate on this game on Friday, it's Stacey's call," McClennan said.

"Stacey is going to be in the northern hemisphere anyway, with commitments with his club in France. We'll just see what happens.

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