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Josevata Rokocoko
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Personal information
Full name Josevata Taliga Rokocoko
Date of birth June 6, 1983 (1983-06-06) (age 26)
Place of birth Fiji Nadi, Fiji
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2+12 in)
Weight 98 kg (15 st 6 lb)
Nickname Rocket Man, Roks, Smokin Joe,
The Flying Fijian
School Saint Kentigern College
Notable relative(s) Joeli Vidiri
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing
New Zealand No. 1032
Clubs
University
correct as of 1 Sept 2006.
Provincial/State sides Caps (points)
2004-current New Zealand Auckland 20 (25)
correct as of 2006.
Super Rugby
2003-current New Zealand Blues 65 (135)
correct as of 8 June 2006.
National team(s)
2003- New Zealand New Zealand 60 (225) T45
correct as of 18 october 2009.

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

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Early life

Josevata 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 the under-16, under-19, and under-21 level, he started playing Super 12 rugby.

Professional Career and the All Blacks

Rokocoko played for the Blues in 2003. He made his first appearance for the All Blacks on 14 June 2003 against England. He 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 Jonah 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. His incredible speed has been seen many a time through out his career. 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. By the end of the 2006 season he had scored 35 tries in 39 test matches. To date he has scored 45 tries in 60 tests, including 4 hat-tricks in his career: against France (2003), Australia (2003), England (2004) and Romania (2007). He scored his first try since the 2007 Rugby World Cup against Italy in June 2009.

Rokocoko is a cousin of former Auckland Blues and All Black winger Joeli Vidiri and NPC, Super 12, and New Zealand sevens player and current Fiji sevens coach, 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]

Personal life

In January 2008, Joe got married to his long-time sweetheart Beverly Politini, the daughter of Howard Politini, a Major in the Fiji Military. The wedding was attended by a large number of All Blacks[4]. They have a son called Cypress Rokocoko [5].

Trivia

  • Rokocoko has a standing 40 metre sprint time of 4.44 seconds and at his peak in 2003 was rumoured to have run the quickest 100m time in the All Black history of 10.3sec. It was later equalled in 2005 by former Canterbury Crusader and team-mate wing Rico Gear.

References

  1. ^ Jan de Koning. ""Joe Rokocoko - An ace up the Blues' sleeve"". Rugby World. http://www.rugbyworld.com/Super_12/Tournament_News/story_28101.shtml. Retrieved 2006-01-30.  
  2. ^ "Traditional post-match kava will have to wait this time", New Zealand Herald, 1 September 2006  
  3. ^ Smith, Tony (11 November 2006). "Joe becomes Josevata". Fairfax Media / Stuff.co.nz. http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3856837a10295,00.html. Retrieved 2006-11-11.  
  4. ^ "All Black getting married". Fairfax Media / Stuff.co.nz. 4 January 2008. http://www.stuff.co.nz/4344739a1823.html. Retrieved 2008-01-04.  
  5. ^ What the Kiwi gossip mags say

External links

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Template:Rugger Josevata Taliga "Joe" Rokocoko (pronounced [rokoˈðoko], born 6 June 1983 in Nadi, Fiji) is a professional New Zealand rugby union player. 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.

Contents

Early life

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 the under-16, under-19, and under-21 level, he started playing Super 12 rugby.

Professional Career and the All Blacks

Rokocoko played for the Blues in 2003. He 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 Jonah 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. His incredible speed has been seen many a time through out his career. 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. By the end of the 2006 season he had scored 35 tries in 39 test matches. To date he has scored 44 tries in 55 tests, including 4 hat-tricks in his career: against France (2003), Australia (2003), England (2004) and Romania (2007). He scored his first try since the 2007 Rugby World Cup against Italy in June 2009 [1] which he wasn't too pleased about because the All Blacks didn't perform that well even though they defeated Italy

Rokocoko is a cousin of former Auckland Blues and All Black winger Joeli Vidiri and NPC, Super 12, and New Zealand sevens player and current Fiji sevens coach, Iliesa Tanivula.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Personal life

In January 2008, Joe got married to his long-time sweetheart Beverly Politini, the daughter of Howard Politini, a Major in the Fiji Military. The wedding was attended by a large number of All Blacks[5]. They have a son called Cypress Rokocoko [6]

Trivia

  • Rokocoko has a standing 40 metre sprint time of 4.44 seconds.

References

  1. Rokocoko: It was a disgrace
  2. Jan de Koning. ""Joe Rokocoko - An ace up the Blues' sleeve"". Rugby World. http://www.rugbyworld.com/Super_12/Tournament_News/story_28101.shtml. Retrieved on 2006-01-30. 
  3. "Traditional post-match kava will have to wait this time", New Zealand Herald, 1 September 2006 
  4. Smith, Tony (11 November 2006). "Joe becomes Josevata". Fairfax Media / Stuff.co.nz. http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3856837a10295,00.html. Retrieved on 2006-11-11. 
  5. "All Black getting married". Fairfax Media / Stuff.co.nz. 4 January 2008. http://www.stuff.co.nz/4344739a1823.html. Retrieved on 2008-01-04. 
  6. What the Kiwi gossip mags say

External links

Template:New Zealand Squad 2006 Tri Nations


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