|Full name||Josevata Taliga Rokocoko|
|Date of birth||June 6 1983 (age 35)|
|Place of birth||Nadi, Fiji|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Nickname||Rocket Man, Roks, Smokin Joe|
|Rugby union career|
|All Black No.||1032|
|correct as of 1 Sept 2006.|
|correct as of 2006.|
|correct as of 8 June 2006.|
|correct as of 9 June 2007.|
|School attended||Saint Kentigern College|
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.
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. 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.
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.
- Profile from All Blacks site
- New Zealand Rugby Museum article on Rokocoko
- Rokocoko profile from official Blues Super 12 site
- Statistics itsrugby.co.uk
New Zealand squad - 2007 Rugby World Cup
|Forwards:||Masoe • Collins • Hore • Woodcock • Oliver • Hayman • Lauaki • Jack • McCaw(c) • Mealamu • Robinson • Tialata • So'oialo • Thorne • Williams||50px|
|Backs:||Leonard • Carter • Ellis • Howlett • Kelleher • MacDonald • McAlister • Mauger • Muliaina • Smith • Sivivatu • Rokocoko • Evans • Toeava|