Rokoduguni knows where he stand: Gustard
London: England assistant coach Paul Gustard insists Semesa Rokoduguni “knows where he stands” after his surprise exclusion from the squad to face Argentina. The Bath winger scored twice on his return to Test rugby against Fiji, but was sent back to his club on Tuesday. “Roko acquitted himself pretty well, and this is one game he is not chosen for,” Gustard said ahead of Sunday’s meeting with the Pumas.
“It is not a reflection of anything that will come after that.” Gustard added: “We need to make sure we get the results that we want, and we feel the group we have picked is the right group.” Rokoduguni won his first cap against New Zealand in 2014, but was dropped soon after and did not feature again on the international stage until last weekend. Coach Eddie Jones had spoken about how the winger was badly affected by his previous experience of international rugby, but Gustard does not believe the player’s confidence will be dented this time. “He’s had a good chat with Eddie and he knows where he stands, and [he knows] the areas of improvement [he needs to look at],” Gustard added.
“We need to exploit the opportunities we think Argentina will present, and counter any threats they may have. Roko’s exclusion - like Jonny May’s from round one to round two - is indicative of that.” May is expected to return in place of Rokoduguni on the right wing with Elliot Daly likely to continue on the left with vicecaptain Mike Brown at fullback. BBC Sports