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Rugby World Cup: England wing Joe Cokanasiga – from dancer to main event

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From Mike Henson
BBC Sport
A hop, a second jag a burst of pace, a sign of a random, a measure inside, a 40-metre canter beneath the poles – that the ball clutched in 1 hand and four prospective tacklers.
Joe Cokanasiga has scored tries. He scored another two at the 45-7 World Cup win on the USA of England at Kobe.
He has 12 home from the Premiership.
However, the score which still defines him most came on a cold October afternoon before a rack and a mere couple of thousand people.
Topsy Ojo had a front-row seat. The wing was left to give Cokanasiga his Championship debut.
The response on the seat was shock and amazement , he tells BBC Sport, remembering Cokanasigas stunning solo effort.
The situation that he got the ball in initially – within his 22m – youd think he should clean it, but this is not actually in his mindset.
His skillset is to conduct and beat people. He just took off and 10 seconds after that he was under the sticks
I remember we all looked at each other, jaws open, likewow, that was particular.
Video of this attempt spread quickly online. Only the audiences would place the modest finger-point salute as he goes over that Cokanasiga makes to the audience.
Im asserting that! States Phil Cokanasiga, Joes younger brother, England Under-18 international and London Irish prospect. I was stood near the camera, but I understand he was pointing at me
For a lot of his life Phil had witnessed pitches and opposition defences, dividing.
I remember about 2008 or 2009, when I was eight or seven, we were playing to our school in Germany in a tag rugby tournament, Phil recalls.
We were playing a year up and I moved over to see him once Id completed my game. He had been speed, he could not run over people clearly, and that he was fairly good even then.
Germany was 1 stop from the pair youth. Their second was Brunei, the country perched in the South China Sea, as they followed their dad Ilaitias deployments as part of the British Armys Royal Logistical core.
It was there Joe began to turn his concentration from football – in which he had been a – .
Stronger, larger and faster than his adolescent peers, he had been fast-tracked out of the schoolboy rugby of Brunei to the mature match, playing along with his father for club Bandar Blacks.
Bruneis teenagers may have been spared the sight of Joe thundering in hand in them, but Phil wasnt.
The pair would play rugby in the garden, recreating the Super Rugby moments which they would see on satellite tv.
Phil would imitate the Waratahs Israel Folau. Joe favored the Hurricanes Julian Savea. The glimpses the group would get of English rugby in Brunei were clips of big hits and fisticuffs. The pair were fascinated by Manu Tuilagi and Chris Ashtons unforgettable punch-up at May 2011.
Four years later and it was a 17-year-old Joe Cokanasigaback in England and signed up to the London Irish academy, rather making an appearance at the 2015 World Cup, albeit at a cameo.
Cokanasiga was a part of a Fijian dance troupe who played until the sides of Stuart Lancaster opener against the Islanders on the pitch, posing with fans who were unaware a future England star was in their own center.
Joe may have abandoned Fiji as a three-year-old, but Ilaitia makes certain both his sons remember that heritage.
Dad constantly reminds Joe that when he symbolizes England, he is also a Fijian and not to forget his roots, says Phil.
He advised us to back ourselves because were extremely different to most players.
A significant thing was optimism and to always feel that – I know that it sounds big-headed – we are the finest on the field, since it brings out the best in us.
Touchline fathers always tend to believe their sons are the ideal.
It is something when the players who had to compete against that same offspring to get a spot concur.
Ojo has played with nearly 200 matches in addition to lining up in among his two England looks contrary All Black hot-stepper Sitiveni Sivivatu.
Can he remember playing against anybody?
I played Alessana Tuilagi a great deal. He was a big physical store, but he would likely run straight at you, Ojo said.
Then there are guys like Sinoti Sinoti who have a barbarous step, but not that offload danger – whereas Joe offloads like Leone Nakarawa.
That was something that stood from me when I first saw him. He could carry the ball in one hand – which wasnt something that you would teach to kids and it gave him an excess threat.
You can not go low since he will just offload. It is difficult to get near the ball, if you go . It is a danger from this which you face.
Growing up outside the machine assisted himgave him the ability to do anything different. I cant think of anyone who has all those dangers in 1 package.
Together with Jonny May and Anthony Watson recognized as first-choice choices and Jack Nowell accessible Cokanasigas chances might be limited at this World Cup.
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