England ‘tough’ on Rokoduguni

Date published: May 1 2015

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Bath coach Neal Hatley has called for England to give wing Semesa Rokoduguni another chance after he was dropped from the squad.

The Fijian-born flyer made his Test debut against the All Blacks last November but then picked up an injury and missed out on the rest of the internationals, before not being selected during the Six Nations.

Hatley revealed that the Bath coaching staff were "frustrated" by Rokoduguni's lack of chances with England despite having been one of the more prolific wingers in the country over the last few seasons.

"Roko will be feeling very frustrated and, as a club, we know what a good rugby player he is. We didn't feel he got the opportunity to show what he was really capable of for England on a big stage," Hatley told the The Rugby Paper.

"In that New Zealand game, England spent a large part of it on the back foot. Then he picked up a little niggle, which meant he couldn't train early the following week, so he misses the South Africa game and doesn't get another chance.

"It's a tough one and, personally, I would have given him another crack. If you bring in a person like that, you bring him in for two or three weeks and let him have a proper run at it. I think he warranted at least another game.

"On his day, Roko is one of the most complete wingers in England. He kicks the ball well, he's an unbelievably powerful carrier, both through people and around them, and he's an incredibly brave defender as well.

"He's a big bloke and he's been exceptional in our last few games, especially claiming high balls and cross-field kicks. I'd love to see Roko get another opportunity with England, especially against a side where he gets to attack a little bit."

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