Roko­duguni eyes GB Olympics spot if Jones over­looks him again

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Semesa Roko­duguni will make him­self avail­able to rep­re­sent Great Bri­tain in the rugby sev­ens at the Rio Olympics if he is over­looked by Ed­die Jones this sum­mer. The Bath wing won his only cap to date against New Zealand in Novem­ber 2014 and was only called up by Jones for this sea­son’s Six Na­tions train­ing squad af­ter Chris Ash­ton was sus­pended. Roko­duguni pro­duced another eye-catch­ing per­for­mance out of po­si­tion in the cen­tre for the Army in the In­ter Ser­vices show­piece last Satur­day and hopes to be in­cluded in ei­ther the Eng­land se­nior party to tour Aus­tralia or the Sax­ons squad who will head to South Africa in June. If not he will be avail­able for sev­ens duty in Rio. “Hope­fully there will be some­thing this sum­mer. The only thing I can do now is keep per­form­ing ev­ery week putting the hard graft in and hope­fully the in­ter­na­tional calls will take care of them­selves,” said Roko­duguni. “Who doesn’t want to play in the Olympics? It’s Rio and ev­ery­one is putting their hands up for Rio so if the op­por­tu­nity is open and I got called up then, yes I would be avail­able. “But I will see what hap­pens with Eng­land first. The only thing I can fo­cus on is the game next week against Le­ices­ter, train well and, if I make the team, hope­fully put in a de­cent per­for­mance.” If it was down to Rob Len­nox, the Army cap­tain, Roko­duguni would be on the plane to Aus­tralia with Jones’s se­nior squad. “He’s spe­cial. He comes in and works just as hard as any­one else in train­ing.

“He fits back in and he’s a great guy. He’s very hum­ble and it’s an ab­so­lute plea­sure to play with him out there.” Roko­duguni scored two tries last Satur­day in front of his watch­ing fa­ther Ilaitia, a serv­ing cor­po­ral with the United Na­tions peace­keep­ing force in Syria, but it was not enough to deny the Navy the In­ter Ser­vices ti­tle. The Navy knew that a draw would be enough they snatched it with a late penalty from full­back Jonathon Humphrey which capped a thrilling sec­ond half fight­back. There was dis­ap­point­ment for the Army but pride at hav­ing taken part in another cel­e­bra­tion of ser­vices rugby.

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