Joseph backs Rokoduguni to improve

Date published: January 2 2017

Semesa Rokoduguni can become a world class defender for England, says team-mate Jonathan Joseph.

Rokoduguni has been called up to the England squad to replace the injured Manu Tuilagi. He scored a brace against Fiji during the November internationals, but hasn't featured for Eddie Jones' side since.

Rokoduguni told the Bath Chronicle that Jones and England defence coach Paul Gustard pointed out aspects of his game that he needed to work on.

Joseph revealed that he has been working with Rokoduguni to improve his defensive skills.

"He's devastating with ball in hand and everyone knows what he can do," said Joseph. "He can create something from nothing, but it's just that defensive clarity and almost that leadership role.

"It's about having the knowledge and understanding to call things and let the forwards know what they need to do and just reading of the game. It's something potentially we'll all work on together with him. He is used to just getting the ball in hand and doing what he does, but there's more to it than that.

"He's a fantastic player and I love playing with him, but it's just that understanding side that we'll keep hammering away at and I'm sure he'll be back in there at no time."

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