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Semesa Rokoduguni Reveals Why He Was Dropped By England

England wing Semesa Rokoduguni has revealed the reasons he was dropped from the team after he won his second cap in two years playing against the country of his birth.

In an interview with the Bath Chronicle, Rokoduguni explained that the coaches gave him a lot of positives, but also many things to work on:

“One of them was to do with the defensive system – reading the plays and making two-man, square-on tackles and being dominant in those tackles.

“Also, my positioning on the edge – whether to go in with the 13 or to drop and cover the backfield.

“It’s about having that positive feeling and thinking this is when to do this and this is the time not to do this.

“The second thing is my workrate – looking for work when the ball is not on my side of the field like inside balls off ten, or getting balls of nine.

“Just being an option. They’re all things I can work on and the more often I play and train with the England boys, the more I’ll get to know them and how they play.

“When I’m playing with someone else inside me – at times it will be a ten, 12, a 15 or even a forward in there – it’s about making the right decisions, early.”

Despite being dropped for the second time in his fledging international career, Rokoduguni has stayed positive and claims his confidence has not been dented.

“I’m trying to take those points from the international stage and work on that through the Premiership games with Bath.

“Getting picked for the game against Fiji was a huge honour, a privilege and it was emotional, especially playing against some of the boys I know from Fiji.”

Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena

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