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England Call For ‘Joe’

Josateki Cokanasiga could be the third Fijian rugby player to play for England. The Deuba, Serua native was among the players who received a call up from head coach Eddie
03 Jan 2018 11:00
England Call For ‘Joe’
Josateki Cokanasiga (right) on attack for London Irish. Photo: London Irish Rugby.

Josateki Cokanasiga could be the third Fijian rugby player to play for England.

The Deuba, Serua native was among the players who received a call up from head coach Eddie Jones to join the England camp on Monday after five players’ sustained injuries last weekend.

The two Fijians who already played for England and are on the injured list are Nathan Hughes and Semesa Rokoduguni.

The camp will be used to begin preparations for England’s opening match of the Six Nations against Italy on 4 February in Rome.

Known as ‘Joe’ on the rugby field made, he made his debut for England at the U18 level in 2016 and after a few months trained fulltime with the London Irish senior squad.

According to the Rugby Paper Cokanasiga’s pace is nothing to be sniffed at and, under the guidance of the Exiles’ senior wingers like his fellow Fijian Asaeli Tikoirotuma, he has become a much tougher player to defend against.

“I used to run directly at people trying to impose my physicality but I’ve got a bit of speed too so I’m working hard on the best way to mix them up,” he told The Rugby Paper.

“I’ve had to change my game because I’m not the biggest anymore and the coaches have told me to use my step more. That way I can get more space on the defender and even if I don’t beat him at least I’ll win the collision.

“I often try to be more physical at the start of the game to make a mark on the opposition. It’s a good way to hold them up in the line and then I bring my step in to catch them unaware and go around them.

“Tikoirotuma, Topsy Ojo and Sean Maitland have been great with me since I joined the academy fulltime this summer. They always give me tips and sometimes even stay late to do some extras with me.”

 

 Edited by Osea Bola

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