Rugby Union

Rokoduguni: Army Rugby Union Star Looking Forward To Premiership Season

Bath player Semesa Rokoduguni missed a large part of last season with an injury but will be fit for the start of the 2019/20 campaign.

Semesa Rokoduguni is ready to get back into action with Bath after an injury-hit season last term.

The Army rugby union player suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury against the Newcastle Falcons, but is expected to be fit for the start of the new season.

Rokoduguni has been in pre-season alongside new signing Josh McNally, who serves in the Royal Air Force and has been pleased with the team’s preparations so far.

"So far so good with training," he said.

"The boys are looking good at the moment.

"Towards last season, I played two games and throughout the off-season, they have been sending me programmes and monitoring my knee.

"I’ve been doing running and conditioning to try and get my fitness back to standard."

Josh McNally is another military presence in the Bath team.

Rokoduguni is also happy that another military man has joined the ranks at Bath in McNally.

"Someone was telling me that somebody from the Armed Forces was coming. I didn’t know who he was.

"He’s a top bloke, isn’t he?

"It’s not only us. There are a few more players out there representing the military in the game environment.

"That shows what the Armed Forces can provide.

"It’s nice to have somebody from the military family out here in Bath."

Since joining Bath in 2012, the England international has become a popular figure with the fans at the club and likes the pressure that comes with it.

He said: “As soon as they put my name on the team list, you can see on Twitter and Instagram that people messaging about scoring tries for the team.

“I will do my best. I’m not going to promise anything.

“There’s always room for improvement. With the new coaching set-up here, they have been giving more feedback for ways that I can improve my game.

“Hopefully, I’ll put that to the test in the next couple of weeks.”

With the season fast approaching, it’s a new start at Bath with a change in coaching.

Rokoduguni is hoping for a good campaign.

“We are setting goals that we want to reach the knock-out stages. That is always the goal I think for every single team in the Premiership.

“For us as a team, the way we have finished over the past few seasons in midtable is not good enough anymore.

“With the supporters we have, it is not good enough to give them mid-table.

“The players are working really hard and the coaches are bringing in new stuff in to help the team to where they need to be.”