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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 jump, another jag, a burst of pace a measure inside, a 40-metre canter under the posts – that the ball clutched in one hand and four would-be tacklers choking having got nowhere near it.
Joe Cokanasiga has scored attempts facing capacity Twickenham crowds. He scored another two in Kobe at Englands 45-7 World Cup win on the United States.
He has 12 home in the Premiership.
But came as a teenager on a couple of million people and a cold October day before one rack.
Topsy Ojo had a chair. The wing was left to give Cokanasiga his Championship debut.
The response on the seat was shock and amazement inspiring, he tells BBC Sport, remembering Cokanasigas magnificent solo attempt.
The situation he got the ball initially – inside his 22m – you would think he should clear it, but this isnt actually in his mentality.
His skillset would be to run and conquer people. He took off and 10 seconds after that he had been beneath the sticks
I recall all of us looked at each other, jaws available, such aswow, that was specific.
Video of this try spread fast online. Just the viewers would spot the tiny finger-point salute as he moves around though that Cokanasiga gets to the audience.
Im claiming that! Says Phil Cokanasiga, Joes younger brother, England Under-18 global and London Irish prospect. I was stood next to the camera, but I understand that he had been pointing at me
For much of his life Phil had seen Joe, three years his senior, dividing pitches and opposition defences.
I remember roughly 2008 or 2009, when I was seven or eight, we were playing for our school in Germany in a tag rugby tournament, Phil recalls.
Were playing up a year and I moved over to see him after I had finished my match. He had been all speed, he couldnt run over people clearly, and that he was rather good .
Germany was just 1 stop from the globe-trotting childhood of the pair. Their second was Brunei, the state perched around the island of Borneo in the South China Sea, as they followed their dad Ilaitias deployments as part of the Royal Logistical center of the British Army.
It had been there Joe began to turn his focus – in which he was a – .
Quicker than his teenage peers, larger and stronger, he was fast-tracked out of the schoolboy rugby of Brunei to the sport, playing along with his dad for club side Bandar Blacks.
Bruneis teens may have been spared the sight of Joe thundering in hand at them, but Phil was not.
The pair would play rugby together in the garden, recreating the Super Rugby minutes they would see on satellite tv.
Phil would mimic the Waratahs Israel Folau. Joe preferred the Hurricanes Julian Savea. The glimpses that the group would get of English rugby in Brunei were clips of fisticuffs and big hits. The pair proved grimly intrigued by Manu Tuilagi and Chris Ashtons unforgettable punch-up at May 2011.
Four decades later and it signed around the London Irish academy than Ashton or even Tuilagi, making an appearance albeit in a cameo and was a Joe Cokanasiga back in England.
Cokanasiga was part of a Fijian dance troupe who played until the sides of Stuart Lancaster opener against the Islanders on the pitch, posing for photographs with fans who were unaware a future England star was in their center.
Ilaitia makes sure that heritage is remembered by his sons, although joe might have left Fiji as a three-year-old.
Dad always reminds Joe when he signifies England, he is also a Fijian and never to forget his origins, says Phil.
He advised us back ourselves because we are extremely different to the majority of players.
A huge thing was confidence and to always think that – I know that it sounds big-headed – were the very most effective on the field, since it brings out the very finest in us
Touchline fathers always tend to think their sons would be the best.
Its something once the players that needed to compete against the exact identical offspring to get a spot agree.
Ojo has played with almost 200 top-flight games in addition to lining up in among the two England appearances contrary All Black hot-stepper Sitiveni Sivivatu.
Can he remember playing against anybody?
I played Alessana Tuilagi a great deal. He had been a large physical carrier, but he would probably run directly at you, Ojo said.
Then there are guys like Sinoti Sinoti that have a barbarous step, but maybe not that offload danger – whereas Joe offloads such as Leone Nakarawa.
That was the thing that stood out of me when I first saw him. The ball could be carried by him easily in one hand – and it gave him an excess threat.
You cant go low because he will simply offload. It is actually tough to get close to the ball if you go . It is a danger from that which you generally face.
Growing up outside the system helped him, gave him the capacity to do something different. I cant think of anyone who has all those threats in 1 package.
Cokanasigas chances may be restricted at this World Cup, with Jonny May and Anthony Watson recognized as Jack Nowell and choices available once more to head coach Eddie Jones.
However, if England are up against it and also require a game-breaker, he could dance over the World Cup stage.
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