Rokoduguni honoured to play his part in Remembrance Day victory

Semesa Rokoduguni England's second try in the win over Argentina
Semesa Rokoduguni England's second try in the win over Argentina
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England wing Semesa Rokoduguni dedicated his try in the autumn international opening clash against Argentina at Twickenham to all of the British Armed Forces in particular to his regiment The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

A handful of his British Army colleagues, both retired and serving, witnessed the game from the stands on Saturday as England went on to complete a 21-8 victory - their third against the Pumas this year.

Rokoduguni, who replaced injured Mike Brown in the 21st minute and capitalised on a pass from Henry Slade to cross over in the 65th minute reflected on the emotional Remembrance Day.

"It was an honour and a privilege to be at Twickenham on this day for the armed forces," Rokoduguni said.

"For me personally, it was an honour to represent the military as a whole for all those who have served in the past and those who are serving at the moment.

"To be part of the winning team and to score the try makes it extra special. It was an emotional day for me.

"I had a few mates and a couple of bosses there at Twickenham and I was looking forward to meeting them for a few beers. It was a special day for us."

The 30-year-old featured in just two Tests before the Saturday's encounter - first in 2014 and then in 2016. His recall to the England squad came after injuries to Jonny May and Jack Nowell.

However, Rokoduguni played down the selection calls and insisted that his job is to make use of every opportunity that comes his way.

"The only thing that is in my control is my performance in training throughout the week. I have to turn up to training with the right mindset and the right attitude.

"There are a lot of wingers out there so I need to get my hands on the ball as often as possible rather than just hugging the touchline.

"I need to look for work off the wing and that will put me in a good position to contest for the jersey. When an opportunity like this comes you have to take it with both hands."

Meanwhile, England coach Eddie Jones lavished praise on Rokoduguni for making full use of the chance he got but expressed dissatisfaction with the overall performance of the team as they looked rusty.

At one point during the second half a television camera in front of the coach's box showed Jones slam down his notebook and mouth "f***, how f****** stupid are we?"

When questioned about the outburst, Jones said "We want to play good rugby so I don't see any reason why I shouldn't be frustrated."

Joe Marler has been added to the 35-man squad of England ahead of their second game of the series against Australia as the Harlequins prop's suspension came to an end.

 

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