13 Sep 2019

Prolific All Blacks try scorer announces his retirement

12:48 pm on 13 September 2019

Former All Blacks winger Joe Rokocoko has hung up his boots.

Joe Rokocoko Racing 92

Joe Rokocoko playing for Racing 92 Photo: Photosport

Rokocoko, 36, has announced his retirement on social media, after five seasons at French club Racing 92 in Paris.

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It has been the best ride ever , as I sit here I want to express all the gratitude and the peace I feel after reaching the end of this journey. A fabulous journey that God started for me when I was just a skinny Fijian kid living in South Auckland , taking me from my very first club in Weymouth in 1994, through to my retirement 2019 from Racing 92 in Paris. Throughout this adventure I was incredibly blessed to have been a part of some special teams and to have met so many special people along the way. There are too many to mention, but today I want to take this chance to say Thank you. - To all my coaches, trainers, medical teams. Thank you for everything you taught me and for giving me the best possible chance to play the best I could for each game. - to all the supporters, my agents at CSM and sponsors. Thank you for your loyalty and support and everyone else who has had a role in this game I am so blessed to have played. - to my teammates. To each and every one of you, thank you all again for reminding me why I love playing this game. I will be forever grateful for the special memories we have shared, and for all the things we keep close: our values, respect, humility, friendships, togetherness, brotherhood, and simply having fun playing our game. - to my parents who sacrificed so much and went way beyond the call of duty to help me in my career. I will never forget the feeling of owning my first boots that Mum bought from the local garage sale in Manurewa. Thank you for all the time, love, and sweat you gave as a family throughout this time. All I wish is that in some way I made you proud. - to my family and close friends. Thank you for always being by my side and for your support during all the tough times as well as the happy moments. Most Specially to my wife Beverley and my three boys Cypress, Clément and Cruden for being so patient all this time, letting me chase my dreams around the world and always believing in me even when there were times I didn’t believe in myself. I know without you all, through Gods’ guidance and love I couldn’t have come this far. I can’t thank you enough and look forward to God’s plans for us in the near future. Vinaka JR

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He played the last of his 68 tests in 2010, scoring 46 tries to sit second equal on the all-time tally for New Zealand, alongisde Julian Savea and Christian Cullen and just three behind record holder Doug Howlett.

Rokocoko burst onto the scene for the Blues in 2003 and scored 25 tries in his first 20 tests for the All Blacks.

He played at the 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cups, but missed out on selection for the 2011 tournament in New Zealand.

Shortly after he left to play in France. He initially signed for Bayonne, before joining Racing 92 in 2015.