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

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By Mike Henson
BBC Sport
A jump, a different jag, a burst of pace, a sign of a random, a step inside, a canter underneath the posts – the ball clutched in one hand and four would-be tacklers choking on fumes got nowhere close to it.
Joe Cokanasiga has scored attempts in front of capacity Twickenham audiences. He scored another two in Kobe in Englands 45-7 World Cup win over the USA.
He has 12 back home in the Premiership.
But came on a few thousand people and a chilly October afternoon in front of a stand as a teen.
Topsy Ojo needed a front-row chair. The wing had been left to provide Cokanasiga his Championship debut.
The response on the bench was shock and awe, he tells BBC Sport, remembering Cokanasigas stunning solo effort.
The position he got the ball initially – inside his 22m – youd think he must clear it, but this is not really in his mindset.
His skillset is to conduct and conquer people. He took off and 10 seconds later that he had been under the sticks
I recall all of us looked at each other, jaws open, such aswow, that was particular.
Video of this attempt spread quickly online. Just the most attentive viewers would place the small finger-point salute that Cokanasiga gets into the audience as he goes around though.
I am asserting that! States Phil Cokanasiga, Joes younger brother, England Under-18 global and London Irish potential. I was stood near the camerabut I understand that he was pointing at me
For a lot of his life Phil had noticed pitches and opposition defences, tearing up.
I recall roughly 2008 or 2009, when I was eight or seven, we were playing to our school in Germany at a tag rugby championship, Phil recalls.
Were both playing a year up and I went over to watch him once Id finished my match. He was speed, he couldnt run over people obviously, and he was fairly good .
Germany was only one stop from the pair childhood. Their next was Brunei, the state perched around the island of Borneo in the South China Sea, as they followed their father Ilaitias deployments as part of the Royal Logistical core of the British Army.
It was there Joe started to turn his concentration from soccer – in which he had been a commanding centre-back – .
Larger stronger and quicker than his teenaged peers, he had been fast-tracked from the schoolboy rugby of Brunei together with his father for club side Bandar Blacks, playing to the match.
Bruneis teens may have been spared the sight of Joe thundering in hand in them, but Phil wasnt.
The pair could play with football together in the garden.
Phil would mimic the Waratahs Israel Folau. Joe favored the Hurricanes Julian Savea. The glimpses that the set would capture of English rugby in Brunei were clips of strikes and fisticuffs. The pair proved grimly interested by Chris Ashtons unforgettable punch-up in May 2011 and Manu Tuilagi.
Four years later and it was a Joe Cokanasiga , back in England and signed around the London academy than Ashton or even Tuilagi, making an appearance albeit at a cameo.
Cokanasiga was part of a Fijian dance troupe who performed before the sides of Stuart Lancaster opener against the Islanders on the pitch, posing for photos with fans who had been unaware a future England star was in their center.
Joe may have abandoned Fiji as a three-year-old, however, Ilaitia makes certain both his sons remember that heritage.
Dad constantly reminds Joe when he symbolizes England, hes also a Fijian and never to forget his roots, says Phil.
He told us back ourselves because we are very different to most players.
A major thing was confidence and to always think I understand that it seems big-headed – we are the finest on the field, because it brings out the finest in us.
Touchline dads always tend to think their sons are the best.
It is something once the players that had to compete against that identical offspring to get a starting spot concur.
Ojo has played with nearly 200 top-flight matches in addition to lining up in among the two England appearances opposite All Black hot-stepper Sitiveni Sivivatu.
Can he recall playing against like Cokanasiga anybody?
I played Alessana Tuilagi a great deal. He was a big physical carrier, but hed probably run straight at you, Ojo said.
Then there are men like Sinoti Sinoti that have a barbarous step, but not that offload danger – whereas Joe offloads like Leone Nakarawa.
This was the thing that stood out of me when I first saw him. The ball could be carried by him in one hand – and he gave him an additional threat.
You can not go low because he will only offload. It is hard to get close to the ball, In the event you go . It is a danger from that which you face.
Growing up outside the machine helped him, gave him the ability to do something different. I can not consider anybody who has those threats in one package.
Cokanasigas opportunities may be restricted at the World Cup Together with Jonny May and Anthony Watson recognized as Jack Nowell and options available once more to head coach Eddie Jones.
But when England are up against it and need a game-breaker, he could dance the World Cup stage.
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