Kaino, Masoe, Rokocoko and Sivivatu confirmed for Classic All Blacks
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Masoe played for the Wellington Hurricanes in Super Rugby and was a regular member of the New Zealand 7s team. He is now based in France and plays for Toulon.
Kaino plays for the Blues in the Super Rugby and the All Blacks internationally. In 2011, he played in every match of the Rugby World Cup as part of the All Blacks., being part of the first All Blacks team to win the Rugby World Cup since 1987. He scored four tries in the 2011 RWC. He is now based in Japan and plays for Toyota Verblitz.
They join two Fijian born All Blacks stars Joe Rokocoko and Sitiveni Sivivatu, who earlier this week had been cleared by their clubs in France to play for the Classic All Blacks which was confirmed by team management.
“Rokocoko’s club Bayonne has just cleared him this morning to play in the match which is great news. Sivivatu on the other hand had his clearance from Clement Auvergne earlier so our two Fijian All Blacks are good to go” said Andy Haden, Team Manager.
The historical match will take place on the newly renovated National Stadium on June 12 adding to the excitement of watching the Classic All Blacks vs the Flying Fijians from the international standard seating arrangements and facilities that the national stadium has to offer.
Some of the biggest names in New Zealand rugby are set to star in the visitors team, including select All Blacks heroes that won the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
While the rest of the Classic All Blacks and the Flying Fijians is yet to be named, the Fijian spectators can now expect to see two of their very own playing right here at home but unfortunately for the opposition.
Team Manager, Andy Haden said that the fans will be in for a treat.
"We also have some, who despite their age have heaps of experience, like Justin Marshall and Carlos Spencer."
"I don’t think you would want to miss those two play together because that probably won’t ever happen again. As you know we have the two Fijian flyers on the wings and Sam Tuitupou will be rock solid in the midfield. And there are few others who have signed up as well. So we will have a good team.”
Tickets for the Centennial match have gone on sale and can be purchased from the Fiji Sports Council and the Fiji Rugby Union office.
The prices are $40 for grandstand, $20 for Embankment and $15 for Grass.
The University of the South Pacific will take on the Fiji National University team in the Curtain Raiser at 2pm and the Centennial match will kick of at 6pm on Wednesday, June 12.
Fiji Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer Manasa Baravilala says that the Classic All Blacks line up is spectacular and is a rare opportunity to see some of New Zealand’s rugby greats.
“The confirmation of Rokocoko and Sivivatu in the Classic All Blacks is exciting news not only to FRU but the fans that are looking forward to this Centennial match.”
Fiji Sports Council Chief Executive Officer Litiana Loabuka has also confirmed that ticket sales have already begun from the FSC office in Suva. Arrangements are being made for tickets to go on sale from the FSC offices in Lautoka and Lawaqa.
“With regards to ticket buyers from overseas, we are requesting that customers send their request through to firstname.lastname@example.org and the requests will be received by our office for processing."