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Semesa Rokoduguni to troop on for Bath after penning new deal

Bath have signed wing Semesa Rokoduguni to a new ‘long-term deal’ to keep him at the Rec.

The 31-year-old’s previous contract was due to expire in June 2019, but Bath have moved to secure Rokoduguni future six rounds into the new season.

Speaking after getting the deal over the line, the prolific wing declared his commitment to the Blue, Black and White by saying his home is at the Rec.

“Bath is where my rugby journey started, and I couldn’t think of playing anywhere else,” said Rokoduguni, who scored a brace of tries in his Bath debut against the Dragons in November 2012.

“It doesn’t seem like six years since I made my first appearance. We have a hugely talented squad and coaching set-up, and I know there are great things to come from this group.

Rokoduguni has remained in military service throughout his time at Bath, having also played for the Army early in his career, and is a reconnaissance tank soldier with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

With his heart set on continuing his rugby and army career interests, the wing voiced his gratitude to the military to allowing his to prolong his stay with Bath.

“I am extremely grateful to the British Army for allowing me the opportunity to play for Bath Rugby and for continuing to support me.”

Rokoduguni was in his most prolific form at the start of last season when he scored seven tries in as many matches, but his scoring run was ended by broken shoulder which saw him missed the remainder of the campaign.

Pleased to have the attacking instincts of the wing available again, director of rugby Todd Blackadder said: “Roko is one of the most gifted players I’ve ever worked with.

“He is one of a kind; he has the ability to create something out of nothing, so we’re understandably delighted that Roko’s committed his future to the club.”

Overall, the Fiji-born England international has crossed over for 47 tries in 97 Premiership appearances.

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