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‘More Game Time’

‘More Game Time’
Home for holiday ... Former All Blacks Jo Rokocoko with his family in Lami yesterday. From left Cypress, 6, Cle’ment, 2, and his wife Beverley. Photo: Jona Konataci
June 20
10:40 2015

Former All Blacks Joe Rokocoko believes the Vodafone Flying Fijians could benefit from more game time with Tier One teams.

The Yavusania, Nadi man who is in the country on holiday with his family, made the comment in Suva yesterday.

Rokocoko commended the July 11 test between Fiji and the Maori All Blacks as a great platform for the development of local players.

“It’s an awesome prep and I think there should be more games like that,”he said.

“A great example would be Samoa and All Blacks match. I guess the more games the Pacific teams get, it will strengthen their game.

“I think it’s a hard ask nowadays with the scheduling of the bigger teams. Some of the top Super Rugby players will be playing against the local boys and I’m sure it will be good character building for the team.”

Looking to this year’s World Cup, Rokocoko who has maternal links in Naioti, Yale in Kadavu believed the team could take a positive spin on being in the ‘Pool of Death’ with Australia, England, Wales and Uruguay.

“I guess for them it’s a good challenge playing against the big teams. I guess in every World Cup, that’s the only thing you can ask for which is playing against the best.”

Rokocoko now lives in France with his wife Beverly and their three children and plays for French Top 14 club Bayonne, contracted to them since leaving New Zealand in 2011.



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