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Cokanasiga has scored two tries in as many caps .

Joe Cokanasiga waltzed out of a big hit moments before his try against Australia

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He may be nicknamed 'Fiji Joe', but England will be mightily glad to have Joe Cokanasiga in their ranks following his display against Australia on Saturday.

Eddie Jones' men rounded off the Autumn with a 37-18 victory to gain some much-needed momentum going into 2019.

Having made his debut against Japan at Twickenham only a week ago, Cokanasiga put in another assured performance to earn Man of the Match.

As suddenly as his international career began, the winger is suddenly being talked about as a candidate for the World Cup squad.

His physicality and power makes him a huge asset and he rounded it all off with a try that finally confirmed England's second-half dominance.

It's no coincidence that he grew up idolising Jonah Lomu - without wanting to get too carried away, there were shades of the New Zealand legend about him as he artfully picked apart an admittedly suspect Wallabies' defence.

That's now two caps and two tries for the 21-year-old.

Cokanasiga shines for England 

England fans couldn't help but marvel at the brute force with which he got to the try-line, dispensing with Dane Haylett-Petty like he wasn't even there, despite the Australian attempting a big tackle.

"It was like watching Dane Haylett-Petty run into a brick wall as he tried to stop Joe Cokanasiga," Mike Tindall said on BBC Sport.

Cokanasiga has beefed up even more since his move to Bath and now weighs in at just two kilos lighter than Mathieu Bastareaud - it all makes sense now.

Jones will also have been delighted with his aerial prowess, one of a number of positives he will take from the year's final Test.

Cokanasiga has excelled since moving to Bath

Jamie George also looked very competent, with Kyle Sinckler, Ben Moon and Mark Wilson all shining.

If anything, the England boss has been left with a selection headache over the break.

When they return to the field in February against Ireland, Cokanasiga will surely be in the reckoning. 

Has Cokanasiga earned a starting spot at the Six Nations? Have your say in the comments. 

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