Watch: Beaming dad Sir Michael Jones 'thrilled' for son after winning national First XV title - 'They played for each other'

It'll go down as one of the most remarkable schoolboy seasons - from fourth in Auckland to first in the country with rugby royalty at the centre of it all.

But while St Peter’s College captain Niko Jones has inherited the famous family name of his father Sir Michael, he lives up to it.

The No.8 scored a stellar try in yesterday’s final against Napier Boys’ High School with fans commenting he even runs like the 'Iceman'.

With the win, the Barbarians and Moascar Cups are St Peter's’ once again – their first National title since 2000.

And they had seven hours to soak it all in on the bus back from Palmerston North with the champs quietly slipping back into Auckland after midnight this morning.

But Niko said it was all part of his story.

"I'm blessed to have this trophy but it's all part of the journey and the whole season was amazing.

"Awesome experience and to have this and the other cup just tops it off."

And the Iceman himself is only too happy to watch from the sidelines now and let others make the comparisons.

"We're very proud of them but they played for each other and they played for something bigger than themselves which is, I think, the key to their success."

Niko Jones captained St Peter's College to their first national title in 18 years. Source: 1 NEWS


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