Eddie Jones ready to unleash ‘Big Joe’ Cokanasiga… who once met the Queen wearing a skirt

ENGLAND’S very own Jonah Lomu has a name as big as his 6ft 3in, 18-stone frame.

Ratu Josateki Tuivanuavou Waqanivalu Cokanasiga, translates to ‘Chief Joe, King of the new place, the warship with spears of the sun’.

Eddie Jones ready to unleash ‘Big Joe’ Cokanasiga… who once met the Queen wearing a skirtReuters5 Big Joe is ready to make a huge impact on his England Test debut

Though his Bath team-mates just call the winger Big Joe.

And after 17 months of waiting, the flying Fijian gets a chance to make a name for himself at Test level tomorrow with boss Eddie Jones naming Cokanasiga — 21 yesterday — in his team to face Japan.

Jones has made 11 changes to the side that lost to the All Blacks last Saturday for the Twickenham showdown.

And the Red Rose chief said: “There’s something a little bit special about Joe, so we’re looking forward to seeing him play.

Eddie Jones ready to unleash ‘Big Joe’ Cokanasiga… who once met the Queen wearing a skirtGetty Images – Getty5 Eddie Jones is ready to unleash his pace and power against Japan
Eddie Jones ready to unleash ‘Big Joe’ Cokanasiga… who once met the Queen wearing a skirt5 Last year he even met the Queen when he was part of a traditional South Pacific welcome at a Fijian art show

“He has got power and he has got pace. He has a nice ball sense and can find the line.

It’s always handy to have one big winger that can dent a line and there aren’t a lot of those playing rugby in England.

“We saw Joe playing for the Under-20s and took him on the Argentina tour in the summer of 2017.

“We wanted to see what he had, which wasn’t much at that time. He would basically run out for training and was exhausted.

Big Joe Fact File

Full Name: Ratu Josateki Tuivanuavou Waqanivalu Cokanasiga

Translation: Chief Joe, King of the new place, the warship with spears of the sun

Nickname: Big Joe

Born: Fiji

Age: 21

Height: 6ft 3in

Postition: Wing

Clubs: Bath (2018 – present) London Irish (2017-18)

Total games: 21

Total tries: 7

Eddie Jones ready to unleash ‘Big Joe’ Cokanasiga… who once met the Queen wearing a skirtPA:Press Association5 Cokanasiga has improved his game massively since joining Bath
Eddie Jones ready to unleash ‘Big Joe’ Cokanasiga… who once met the Queen wearing a skirtGetty Images – Getty5 Big Joe towers over his team-mates in training

“But he has worked really hard at his game, he has changed clubs and shown a real desire to be a Test player. He’s playing consistently well for Bath and doing things that are a little bit different all the time.

“He has toughed out a few games where he has not been at his best, got some knocks and just hung in there and played tough all the time. It all added up.”

Leaving relegated London Irish for Bath in the summer has been the making of Cokanasiga. And when he turned up for England’s autumn training camp in ­Portugal, Jones was delighted that everything had finally clicked.

He said: “Joe came to Portugal like a different guy.

“It was like someone had put a new person inside the same body. When we took him to Argentina, it was fantastic for him to get picked for England but he had no real understanding of what it takes.

“Now he has that strong desire. We were always going to play him in November, we just had to find the right opportunity.”

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