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Rokocoko signs new All Blacks deal

Joe Rokocoko has pledged his future to the All Blacks by signing on with the New Zealand Rugby Union until the end of 2011.

There had been speculation Rokocoko may look abroad despite the All Blacks most-capped wing knocking back a huge offer from French club Toulon earlier in the year.

New Zealand is blessed with outside finishers with the likes of Cory Jane, Israel Dagg, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Rene Ranger, Hosea Gear and Zac Guildford providing stiff competition but Rokocoko, a 66-Test veteran, has battled back after being on the outer last year.

He was left out of New Zealand's 22-man squad that ran down Australia in Sydney last weekend to secure an unbeaten Tri Nations, but Friday's announcement confirms he is firmly in the planning for the end of year tour and World Cup.

The 27-year-old also re-signed with Auckland Rugby and the Blues for next year's Super Rugby.

"I am really enjoying my rugby here at home and keen to continue playing throughout the rest of the year and into 2011," Rokocoko said.

"It's obviously going to be a massive year for New Zealand rugby next year and I want to be part of it."

Rokocoko, who started six Tests this year, made his All Blacks debut as a 19-year-old in 2003 and became the most capped All Blacks wing this year when he ran out for his 64th Test against Australia in Melbourne in August.

He also scored his 46th Test try in the All Blacks' 49-28 victory that night becoming second-equal on the All Blacks Test try-scoring list.


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