Full name Josevata Taliga Rokocoko
Born June 6, 1983, Nadi
Current age 31 years 139 days
Major teams Auckland, Barbarians, Bayonne, Blues, Classic All Blacks, New Zealand
Height 6 ft 2 in
Weight 216 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||2003-2007||8||8||0||55||11||0||0||0||6||2||0||75.00|
|The Rugby Championship||2003-2010||29||28||1||75||15||0||0||0||21||8||0||72.41|
|Test debut||New Zealand v England at Wellington, Jun 14, 2003 match details|
|Last Test||England v New Zealand at Twickenham, Nov 6, 2010 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Joe Rokocoko is one of the most lethal finishers in the game and combines blistering speed and deceptive power to often devastating effect.
Born in Fiji, he moved to Auckland in New Zealand with his family when he was five and carved an impressive junior rugby career with international recognition at all age levels.
He made his Super 12 bow for the Blues in 2003, before he had played for Auckland, and helped inspire them to the Super 12 crown. He was subsequently rewarded for an impressive domestic season with his first All Blacks cap against England, at 19 the youngest player selected for the All Blacks since Jonah Lomu in 1994. He set the world stage alight with a total of 17 tries in 12 Tests in 2003 - a world record for a calendar year - including hat-tricks against France and Australia.
He scored six tries in five appearances at that year's World Cup and continued his form with his third Test hat-trick against England in 2004. At club level he moved to Auckland.
His good form continued through to the 2007 World Cup where he notched five tries in three appearances but a wrist injury suffered on Super 14 duty and subsequent surgery meant he had to wait 13-months before his international recall.
Rokocoko claimed another record in 2010 when he became the most capped All Blacks winger of all time. Rokocoko appeared just once during the All Blacks' Grand Slam winning tour of the northern hemisphere that year but despite found himself omitted by Graham Henry for the 2011 Tri-Nations squad.
He missed out on World Cup selection and decided to move to France where hejoined Bayonne in the Top 14.