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Satala: Rokoduguni a wonderful athlete

Maciu Malo
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

FORMER national rugby rep Apolosi Satala believes England Saxons Fijian flyer Semesa Rokoduguni will become the first Fijian to play for the England 15s team.

Satala said he was proud of the achievements of the British Army soldier being selected in the shadow England team to face Irish Wolfhounds. The 2005 Rugby Sevens World Cup winner said hard work, discipline and sacrifices were the contributing factors to Rokoduguni's rugby achievement.

"He is a wonderful and disciplined player who managed himself well," said Satala.

He said when he first saw Rokoduguni, he knew for sure this guy had magnificent talent that could be groomed into a star.

"We then drafted him in the Army team before later securing a rugby contract for Bath in 2012.

"He is a dedicated player and there is no other winger in England right now that is performing well like him and can match the skills and talents he's got.

"No doubt in my mind he will be in the England 15s team soon."

Satala said he had once recommended Rokoduguni to the Flying Fijians officials during the Europe Tour last year and it would be a blow to Fiji in losing a great talented player of his calibre.

"I feel sorry for FRU in losing such a talented player but on the other side of the coin we should be proud that a fellow countryman is proudly wearing the England rose.

"He will go a long way and already he is causing havoc to other wingers in England.

"He can play anywhere in the backline, I watched him week in and out for Bath and he is just lethal.

"Rokoduguni is a wonderful athlete, he has the talent and the discipline and I am very proud of him," he added.