What happened to the youngest player of every World Cup from 1987 to 2019? - Page 3 of 4 - Ruck

What happened to the youngest player of every World Cup from 1987 to 2019?

2003: Joe Rokocoko – New Zealand (aged 20)

Rokocoko is one of the most lethal finishers the game has ever seen, combining his blistering speed and deceptive power to devastating effect. He was the youngest player selected for the All Blacks since Jonah Lomu in 1994 and the wide man set the world stage alight with a total of 17 tries in 12 Tests in 2003 – a world record for a calendar year – including hat-tricks against France and Australia. He went onto win a total of 68 caps for the All Blacks, scoring 46 tries before moving to France in 2011 after being omitted from the Tri-Nations squad by Graham Henry.


2007: Thretton Palamo – USA (aged 18) 

The versatile back-rower earned his first international cap for the Eagles at the IRB Rugby World Cup 2007. From 2014-16, he was attached to Saracens of the Aviva Premiership but on-loan to the London Irish for the 2015-16 season. Following the season’s end, Palamo returned to the Olympic Training Center to the Men’s Eagles Sevens in residency. He then signed for Bristol before moving back to the States, where he plays for the Houston SaberCats in Major League Rugby.

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