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Josevata Rokocoko
Joe
Full name Josevata Taliga Rokocoko
Date of birth June 6 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Nadi, Fiji
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 98kg
Nickname Rocket Man, Roks, Smokin Joe
Rugby union career
Position Wing
All Black No. 1032
Amateur clubs
University
correct as of 1 Sept 2006.
Provincial/State sides Caps (points)
2004-current Flag of New Zealand Auckland 16 (25)
correct as of 2006.
Super Rugby    
2003-current Flag of New Zealand Blues 46 (80)
correct as of 8 June 2006.
National team(s)    
2003-current Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 41 (185)
correct as of 9 June 2007.
Other Information
School  attended Saint Kentigern College

Josevata Taliga "Joe" Rokocoko, born 6 June 1983 in Nadi, Fiji) is a professional New Zealand rugby union player.

Joe Rokocoko migrated to New Zealand with his family at the age of 5, settling in South Auckland, and attending James Cook High School. He later won a scholarship to Saint Kentigern College, where he was a member of the 2001 National Secondary Schools team. After an outstanding career with New Zealand international sides at under-16, under-19, and under-21 level, he started playing Super 12 rugby for the Blues in 2003.

Rokocoko is known for his speed and strength which has accounted for his incredible try strike rate. He is a specialist left-winger but has occasionally played on the right wing for New Zealand to accommodate another left-wing specialist, Sitiveni Sivivatu.

Rokocoko made his first appearance for the All Blacks on 14 June 2003 against England. He has so far had a high strike rate for the All Blacks, scoring 25 tries in his first 20 tests, and breaking the All Blacks single-season record for test tries previously shared by Lomu and Christian Cullen—his 17 test tries scored in 2003 equals the world record held by Daisuke Ohata of Japan. The International Rugby Players' Association named him new player of the year in 2003.

On 19 June 2004, in the All Blacks' second 2004 test with England, Rokocoko shredded the England defence for three tries in a 36-12 All Blacks victory over the reigning Rugby World Cup champions.

Rokocoko made his NPC debut for Auckland in 2004. Rokocoko returned to the All Blacks line-up for the 2005 Tri Nations, punctuating his comeback with a two-try effort in the All Blacks' pivotal home fixture against South Africa. As from the end of the 2006 season he has scored 35 tries in 39 test matches.

Rokocoko is a cousin of former Auckland Blues and All Black winger Joeli Vidiri and NPC, Super 12, and New Zealand sevens player Iliesa Tanivula.[1] He and fellow All Black wing Sitiveni Sivivatu regard themselves as "cousins" as Sivivatu lived with the Rokocoko family, but they are not actual cousins.[2]

In November 2006, Rokocoko asked New Zealand rugby management to list his name on team releases as Josevata, his Christian birth name, as opposed to Joe.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Jan de Koning. ""Joe Rokocoko - An ace up the Blues' sleeve"", Rugby World. Retrieved on 2006-01-30. 
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  3. Smith, Tony. "Joe becomes Josevata", Fairfax Media / Stuff.co.nz, 11 November 2006. Retrieved on 2006-11-11. 

External linksEdit

Template:All Blacks Squad 2003 World Cup Template:New Zealand Squad 2006 Tri Nations

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