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Stacey Jones is finally hanging up his international rugby league boots, but it may not be a permanent retirement.
Jones, who came out of international retirement to help the Kiwis through an injury crisis in the halves, announced after their 42-26 win that commitments to new French Super League club Les Catalans and the scheduled arrival of his and wife Rachelle's first son meant he would no longer be available.
Jones says that is it for him, as far as this year's Tri Series is concerned.
He says right from the start it was a matter of coming to help the boys and with Lance Hohaia being injured he was asked to play one more, but he has to leave it at that now and wish the boys all the best.
Jones' wife is expecting a baby around the time of the Tri Series Grand Final and that has played a major part in his decision not to play any more part in the tournament.
"I want to quash any rumours right now," Jones said. "My wife is due on November 24 so I've got to get back for that."
Jones, scheduled to return home to Auckland on November 20, will spend time in Perpignan, where Les Catalans are based, preparing for next season and helping to promote the club in France. However he will not rule out playing for the Kiwis again next year.