LCpl Semesa Rokoduguni – International debut for England Saxons vs Scotland ‘A’ on 31/01/14
LCpl Semesa Rokoduguni reached another milestone on Friday night by starting on the wing for England Saxons against Scotland ‘A’ in Scotstoun, Glasgow.
As a soldier in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, playing for England against Scotland was an interesting prospect for an international debut. There were plenty of jokes and ‘begrudged’ wishes of good luck prior to the game from his Scottish comrades who are currently deployed in Kabul, Afghanistan.
During the national anthem, LCpl Rokoduguni displayed a fitting example of military discipline and humility by bringing himself to attention on the end of the England line up. Afterwards he said, “It is important to me. I am a soldier here playing rugby whilst the boys (colleagues in the Regiment) are out on tour. The least I can do is show my support and do what is expected of a soldier when the national anthem is played.”
The game itself battled with some of the harsher Scottish elements as rain fell in Glasgow. It was the boot in most parts rather than the free flowing play that LCpl Rokoduguni thrives on which dominated an evenly matched affair. The final score ended 16-16, which in some ways was a good result to pacify his Scottish colleagues back the Regiment!
LCpl Rokoduguni has now returned to Bath Rugby for the weekend fixture against Newcastle Falcons at the Rec but remains a key interest of Stuart Lancaster as England’s Six Nations campaign continues in the coming weeks.
Article and photos – Capt Benjamin McNeil