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Honour For ‘The Rock’

For Semesa Rokodoguni, getting the call to be a part of England’s training squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup is an incredible honour. Rokodoguni has been added to the
24 Jun 2015 07:53
Honour For ‘The Rock’
Back home for holiday ... England Rugby world Cup squad member Semesa Rokoduguni (in red Tee-shirt) with Nuku Rugby Club members after training at Naselai, Tailevu, yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

For Semesa Rokodoguni, getting the call to be a part of England’s training squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup is an incredible honour.

Rokodoguni has been added to the squad after David Strettle opted to withdraw from the squad because of club commitments.

Currently on vacation in the country, Rokoduguni, 27, nicknamed ‘The Rock’ at his Naselai Village is a Bath Rugby Club wing.

He said he was humbled by the historic call-up for a possible spot in the World Cup.

“It’s an honour and a privilege for me to be chosen to play for one of the best rugby teams in the world,” Rokoduguni said.

“I was at Mana Island Resort when they phoned and informed me that I’d been named in the squad. At the same time, it’s a massive opportunity for me to go there and show them what I have to give.”

Having just arrived from his holiday in the Mamanucas, the Naselai, Tailevu, native joined his former Nuku Rugby Club mates for yesterday afternoon’s training session.

“This is where everything started for me. This is the exact pitch where I trained with all of these young players. This is where I trained in 7s and 15s. This is where rugby began for me.

“To come back to this same place and just spend time training with my old team mates has really been a great experience for me and more importantly it’s been really good giving back to the place that raised me.”

Rokoduguni took the opportunity to express his heartfelt thanks to his parents, his team and everyone who supported him.

“First and foremost I just want to thank God for his blessings in my life,” he said.

“Without him, I couldn’t have done all this. I’m so thankful for all that He has done in my life.

“I would like to thank my mum and dad for their support and prayers and everything that they’ve done for me throughout the years. Without them, I wouldn’t be here today.

“I would also like to thank the people of Naselai Village, the coaches, my friends and family for all their support, prayers and words of encouragement and most of all, the team. Without this team, I wouldn’t be here today.”

On the possibility of making that starting line-up that would face Fiji in the opening match of the World Cup, Rokoduguni felt it would be a great privilege.

“To be honest, it’s a massive opportunity to play against Fiji, one of the best teams in the world.

“It’s a massive opportunity too if I get to run on for England. Again, another of the world’s best teams.

“So to me, it’s a massive honour and it’s a privilege too to play for and to play against two of the best teams in the world.”

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