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Injury forces Rokoduguni out

Source: Bath Chronicle
Saturday, January 25, 2014

BATH winger Semesa Rokoduguni has been ruled out of the England Saxon's team for their match against the Irish Wolfhounds this weekend.

A swollen knee has dented his chances of becoming the first Fijian to play for England.

Bath Chronicle reported he was called up to the squad last week but suffered the setback when he reported to training at the Saxon's camp.

Rokoduguni had just returned from a two- month lay-off with a knee injury to score two tries in his comeback match in Bath's 54-13 win Over Bordeaux-Begles in the Amlin Cup competition.

England Saxons boss Jon Callard told the Chronicle the injury is a big blow to both Rokoduguni and the Saxons.

"It's unfortunate for Semesa," he was quoted as saying on bathchronicle.co.uk.

"He had his first game back last week but has had a bit of reaction to his knee injury.

"It's not that bad a problem and is one of those we could probably push but we just aren't in the business of doing that.

"There's no doubt about his quality, we all saw that on Thursday night when he scored two tries in horrible rainy conditions.

"He is here by right because he's earned his qualification, he has got huge potential and we were very excited to get him into the squad. It just doesn't make sense for us to risk him."

The 26-year-old has served as a tank soldier with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards since 2007 therefore qualifies for England via residency.

Last week England head coach Stuart Lancaster said they had been monitoring Rokoduguni for a while now.

"We've followed Semesa's progress since his days in the British Army," he was quoted as saying on bathchronicle.co.uk.

"He's excited about playing for England after qualifying by residence and his form and the feedback from the Bath coaches has been excellent this season."


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