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Rokoduguni called up to England World Cup training squad

22 June 2015

Bath Rugby wing Semesa Rokoduguni has been called up to England's World Cup training squad.

Rokoduguni replaces the Clermont Auvergne-bound David Strettle, who has voluntarily withdrawn from the squad before they assembled today to begin England's preparations for the Rugby World Cup.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "Obviously it is disappointing but David and I have chatted and he feels that, having made the move, he wants to get on with forging his new career and we both agreed it was the best course of action for him to withdraw from the squad. We all wish David and his family well in France as they begin a new chapter in their lives."

"I will bring in Semesa Rokoduguni, who was very unlucky not to be included in the first instance, and is now looking forward to joining up with the rest of the players. Roko is currently in Fiji but he will be with us as soon as possible."

Rokoduguni, a lance corporal and reconnaissance tank soldier with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, made his first England appearance against New Zealand during the QBE Internationals in November 2014.

"I'm delighted to have been given the opportunity to join England for their World Cup training camp," said Rokoduguni. "It's a huge privilege and I'm really looking forward to meeting up with the boys."

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