Rokocoko supports fellow wings

All Black wing Joe Rokocoko has stressed he didn’t feel the need to console his cousin, Sitiveni Sivivatu after their game against Scotland at the weekend.

Sivivatu came in for much criticism for what was arguably his least impressive outing for the All Blacks in nineteen Tests on Sunday.

His cousin, and fellow wing, Rokocoko, who was not in the squad for the game in Edinburgh said he did not say much to him after the game stressing there was no need to say much more at the time.

“I just said `good game cuz’,” Rokocoko told NZPA.

However, he insisted that if there were problems out wide, none of the three wingers was averse to quietly advising another of areas to focus on.

Clearly Sivivatu didn’t need to be reminded where he had gone wrong.

“The guys who don’t play can actually see what’s happening and can give feedback at halftime or during training,” Rokocoko said.

“For guys to play well, you can’t be selfish and just keep it in the corner, otherwise your team doesn’t go as far.”

It appears that Howlett, the new leading try scorer in All Black history, has leap-frogged the Fijian-born pair and cemented his place in the starting team for the latter stages of the tournament. This means Saturday’s game against Romania represents the last chance for the other wings to stake their claim to the final spot.

“After selection’s been we pretty much shake Dougie’s hand or Sit’s hand. Whoever’s not starting, you go and appreciate each other’s selection,” Rokocoko said.

Rokocoko described Munster-bound Howlett as an “ambassador for New Zealand rugby” who would be missed, such was his commitment and professionalism.

“He’s broken so many records this year, he’s happier now and he’s enjoying his footy,” Rokocoko said.

“He’s going to make sure he leaves this team on a high note.”


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