Wednesday 24 January 2018

Barbarians: Joe set to 'Rokocoko' at Thomond Park

New Zealand's Joe Rokocoko
New Zealand's Joe Rokocoko

Ireland have been given a reminder of how not to underestimate The Barbarians with the confirmation All Blacks Joe Rokocoko and Rene Ranger will be wearing the famous Black & White shirt at Thomond Park on May 28.

In the year of their 125th anniversary, The Baa Baas coach Robbie Deans has also added the significant strike power of Toulon's Samoan wing David Smith.

"As a coach, the chance to combine the attacking talents of players like David Smith, Joe Rokocoko and Rene Ranger in one team is an exciting opportunity," said Deans.

"All three are quality performers who have thrived for Northern and Southern Hemisphere sides and it's a testament to the standing of The Barbarians that they are able to bring them together.

"They'll enjoy training and playing together as part of the same squad and I'm sure supporters in Ireland and England will enjoy watching them."

For the record, Rokocoko registered 46 tries in 68 tests for New Zealand before decamping for French Top-14 club Bayonne where he has been since 2011.

He was rewarded with a three year contract extension last November.

Centre Ranger will see out his two-year contract at Montpellier with Ireland and England, on May 31st, forming stop-offs on his return to New Zealand to rejoin the Auckland Blues.

Smith is Toulon's leading try-scorer in the Top-14 with 13 tries in 14 appearances this season


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