Roko­duguni knows where he stand: Gus­tard

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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

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