RUGBY: Popular Roko extends Bath stay

Semesa Rokoduguni has extended his deal with Bath

Semesa Rokoduguni has extended his deal with Bath

First published in Sport

BATH winger Semesa Rokoduguni has signed a one-year extension to his contract that will keep him at the Rec until 2016.

The 2013/14 season proved a breakthrough campaign for the 26-year-old from Fiji.

After some scintillating performances in his first full season of professional rugby, Rokoduguni became the first serving soldier to be called up to the England set-up since Josh Lewsey.

He represented England Saxons against Irish Wolfhounds in January 2014, before playing for an England XV against the Barbarians at Twickenham five months later.

He said: “It felt like the natural choice. I love it here at Bath. The environment is superb – we’re like a big family – and everybody wants to play their part in the next stage of the team’s development.”

Head coach Mike Ford added: "Roko’s the type of player you would pay good money to watch, and I tell him as much before every match.

“It’s remarkable to think that it wasn’t so long ago he was serving with the British Army in Afghanistan. He’s a fantastic winger and he’s going to help us win matches this season, and I’m certain he’ll be pushing for more England recognition too.”

Bath will play two warm-up matches ahead of the 2014/15 season.

On Saturday, August 16, they welcome Scarlets to the Rec (3pm). A week later, winger Matt Banahan returns home as Bath travel to face Jersey on August 23 (3pm).


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