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British Army rugby star Semesa Rokoduguni is a ‘Freak Of Nature’

The director of rugby at British club, Todd Blackadder, says British Army rugby star Semesa Rokoduguni is a “freak of nature” who can do things “money can’t buy”.


September 12, 2017 7:13 am

FORCES: The Fijian-born England international helped his side to victory over double European champions Saracens with two late individual tries on Saturday.

Blackadder told BBC Radio 5 live its proof of the wing’s quality:

“Scoring those tries shows what an unbelievable player he is. He’s just exceptional. Money can’t buy what he can do.”

In 2014, Rokoduguni became the first serving British soldier to play for England since Tim Rodber in 1999.

He currently serves with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. Hailing from a military family, he joined the Army in 2007 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011.

The explosive back has been used sparingly by England head coach Eddie Jones, however, despite scoring twice on his last appearance, against Fiji last year.

But Blackadder says the 30-year-old is working to improve his all-around game to increase his chances of selection. He added:

“He knows why [he’s not been picked]. One of the things he has been working really hard on his defence because he’s never going to be out of any side because of his attack because he’s absolutely brilliant [in the attack].”

“He’s one of those freakish guys, the only coaching we are doing with him is defensively and I thought it was one of his better defensive efforts.”

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