Emotional day for Rokoduguni

Date published: November 20 2016

England wing Semesa Rokoduguni was a proud man after he was named man-of-the-match against Fiji, a game the hosts won 58-15 at Twickenham.

Making only his second appearance for England, Rokoduguni scored two tries as his side ran out comfortable winners in a clinical showing.

“It has been an emotional day for me,” said the Bath wing. “I don’t have to shed tears to show my emotion, I was feeling it inside more.”

“I was honoured for the opportunity to play against some of the big names out there. I don’t have to shed tears to show my emotion, I was feeling it inside more…it was a huge day for me.”

Rokoduguni said he never gave up hope of an England recall and was determined to make the most of his opportunity when it came about.

“I’ve been speaking to Eddie and the coaches and they just told me to be ready every single time, because my chance was going to come so I was thankful for the opportunity,” added the finisher when speaking to England Rugby.

“The opportunity came and I’m really grateful for that.”

Looking ahead to their next games, against Argentina and Australia, Rokoduguni sees plenty of room for improvement from England.

“We were pleased with the win but there is room for improvement and areas we need to work on both individually and collectively as a whole,” he said.

“If we can improve what needs to be improved then that is a sign of a good team. It was not a perfect game and that was a frustrating period for the boys. We came out with the win and I’m grateful for that. All the boys performed really well so I’m honoured to be named man of the match. It’s something special but it could have been any one of us.”