Winger once dubbed 'the next Jonah Lomu' sends message to England boss Steve Borthwick - Ruck

Winger once dubbed ‘the next Jonah Lomu’ sends message to England boss Steve Borthwick

As the Premiership action unfolded over the weekend, the performances of four standout players have ignited discussions about potential selections for England’s upcoming summer tour.

With a thrilling Test series on the horizon, England’s itinerary includes clashes against Japan and the formidable All Blacks in New Zealand, promising a memorable spectacle for rugby enthusiasts.

The anticipation mounts as England prepares for its inaugural test against Japan in Tokyo, scheduled for June 22, 2024, marking a significant milestone in the sport’s history. This encounter, part of the Lipovitan D Challenge Cup, underscores Japan’s rise in the rugby world, with the home advantage adding an extra layer of intrigue to the matchup.

Following this historic fixture, England’s journey continues with two pivotal clashes against New Zealand, set to take place in Dunedin and at the iconic Eden Park in July.

Amidst the anticipation, the recent Premiership fixtures showcased exemplary performances from a number of stars, including a player once compared to the late great Jonah Lomu:

#1. Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby)

In a dynamic showdown, Bath surged to a 42-24 victory over Sale, propelled by Finn Russell’s impressive 17-point contribution, securing their ascent to second place in the Premiership standings.

However, stealing the limelight was the electrifying performance of speedster Cokansiga, who was compared to All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu early in his career.

The right winger’s blend of power and pace ensured he was strategically positioned to cap off two meticulously crafted attacking sequences.

Sale Sharks could only watch in awe as Cokansiga bulldozed his way over for a crucial third try, firmly asserting Bath’s control over the match.

“It’s brilliant to see him carrying the ball in one hand which is so unique to him,” Bath coach Johann van Graan said afterwards.

“It’s great to see him playing rugby with a smile. Look at how his aerial game has improved, his defence with some of the hits that he has made.”