Still only 27 years old, Semesa Rokoduguni looks like a veteran when compared to some of the more youthful faces that dominate the Bath Rugby backline.
But what his teammates may lack in experience, they more than make up for in sheer talent according to the winger who insists Mike Ford’s side are ready to claim the Aviva Premiership Rugby crown this year.
Bath go into this weekend’s final game of the regular season with a home semi-final already safely secured courtesy of a dramatic win over Harlequins at the Stoop last Friday and Exeter Chiefs’ win over Saracens.
The Fijian-born England international was not on the wing for that clash however as he lined up for the Army in their 36-18 victory at Twickenham in the annual clash with the Navy.
And with the likes of George Ford, Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson calling the shots in the Bath backline this season, Rokoduguni insists his side are ready to return the glory years to the Rec.
“Hats off to the boys, to win against Quins and get the home semi-final is a reward for all the hard work,” he said.
“To get a home semi-final is really important, when you look at the clubs behind us it is going to be a huge advantage to be at the Rec.
“I enjoyed playing for the Army, we won and it was a great week but the goal for me now is to put in a performance against Gloucester, hopefully not get injured and take that onto next week.
“All the boys have been performing really well at the moment, Horacio (Agulla) and Matt (Banahan) especially so it is going to be hard to get back into the team.
“The only thing I can do is put in performances for the team, work extra hard and hopefully make it in.
“All pre-season we have been talking about getting some silverware, that’s the goal. This is a young team that’s true, but it is so talented and I definitely believe it is ready to win it all.”
Rokoduguni has scored nine tries from 18 league appearances in a season that also saw him make his England debut in the autumn internationals against New Zealand.
But injury prevented him from making a further impact at international level and with a World Cup on the horizon the winger knows the importance of returning to his best form.
“Of course you take some time thinking of the World Cup but I don’t want to lose focus now,” he added.
“I just want to keep putting in good performances for Bath then international stuff will take care of itself.
“It would definitely be a dream to play in that first game against Fiji, to be involved in that game would be amazing.
“The timing of my injury prevented me from being available, which of course was frustrating. But they (the coaching staff) have been in contact with me, told me a few important things and it is all good.”
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