Rokoduguni backed to make RWC

18th Jan 2014, 13:14

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Rising star: Semesa Rokoduguni

Rising star: Semesa Rokoduguni

Bath boss Mike Ford has backed new England Saxons call up Semesa Rokoduguni to play in the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

Bath boss Mike Ford has backed new England Saxons call up Semesa Rokoduguni to play in the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

Rokoduguni, born in Fiji and a Lance Corporal in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, has qualified to play for England through residency.

The electric winger is only 26 and has shown fine form since joining Bath last season following a successful trial.

Rokoduguni returned from injury for Bath on Thursday in the Amlin Challenge Cup win over Bordeaux-Bègles, scoring two tries.

"He has a very good chance of playing for England," Ford told The Times.

"Without doubt he could be in the England squad in 2015. The World Cup is realistic for any player who puts together an outstanding run of form.

"One of our props, Kane Palma-Newport, said 'it's not fair, rugby is easy for him' and I knew exactly what he meant. He has the body, the power and the pace to glide past people.

"He doesn't look like he is going very fast but nobody can catch him. You hit him and he is like granite and he is good in defence. He still has a lot to learn but he has the attitude to get better.

"He has only been in a professional environment for two seasons now but if he carries on at this rate of progression he will be very, very good."