Head Coach Stuart Lancaster has included Lance Corporal Samesa Rokoduguni Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in the England squad for the forthcoming Autumn international series. Not bad for a lad, who according to ‘Roko’ himself, was only required for the bench for his school 1st XV back in Fiji.
He came to notice in the Army 7s team during the Middlesex Sevens at Twickenham with great runs and massive ‘hits’. Surprisingly, or maybe not, it took a further 3 years to get him onto the Army XVs pitch as he was deployed with his regiment in Afghanistan.
Once available, and whilst training with the Army team in Portugal, he was ‘spotted’ by the then Newcastle Falcons coach, Mike Ford—now with Bath.
Still only 27 years of age Roko is currently playing his civilian club rugby with Bath where he has generated many season headline statistics including “he broke 22 tackles in 37 runs “.
The first QBE international at Twickenham is against the All Blacks on 8th November, then successive weekends, including South Africa and Australia, until December.
It would be foolhardy to ‘count one’s chickens’ but to have an Army player chosen for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, in England, would be fantastic.