Bulked-up Rokoduguni targeting England berth
April 27, 2014
Semesa Rokoduguni in action for Bath against Sale Sharks © PA Photos
Bath wing Semesa Rokoduguni hopes his new bulky frame will help him win a spot in Stuart Lancaster's England squad for the upcoming tour to New Zealand.
Fijian-born Rokoduguni, who qualifies for England through residency having served in the British Army, revealed that he has put on nearly 20kg since signing for Bath last season and is determined to kick on from his January debut for the England Saxons.
Rokoduguni told the Rugby Paper: "I've set myself goals and the main one is to represent England. I'm always passionate when it has anything to do with rugby, but especially playing for England.
"I have the right to play through residency having been part of the Army. Fiji asked me to go play for them but there are lots of up-and-coming Fijians who deserve a chance and my focus is on playing for England."
Rokoduguni, 26, only took to rugby full-time last season having served as a tank soldier in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, but he revealed how he has been working hard in the gym to make his England dream a reality.
"When I arrived [at Bath] I was 84kg and struggling with the bench press, so I asked the strength and conditioning coaches to give me a programme to bulk me up while keeping my same speed. And they did exactly that.
"Now I'm 103kg but I've kept the same pace which is fantastic. Keeping my pace but carrying the extra weight can make a lot of damage.
"It helps you to dominate your opponents and if you're five metres out from the line you're definitely scoring with that pace and extra weight. It's hard to stop someone like that."
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