In 24 days the Red Roses will fly for Ireland hoping to return world champions. We're bringing you a Red Rose a day, until the squad depart.
Next up is Amy Cokayne
What do you remember about the first time you played rugby?
“I was very little and I remember being surrounded by loads of boys. As soon as I picked up the ball I loved running around with it. I fell in love with the sport.”
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
“It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. My coach said that to me once and it’s really stuck with me because I’ve never been the biggest so I suppose it’s always about how much fight you’ve got in you."
What does it mean to you to play for England?
“I love it, it was my dream when I was younger and I never thought it was going to happen when I was living out in New Zealand. I’m playing with people I used to get autographs off, wearing the rose means everything to me.”
What do you love about rugby?
“I think it’s the fact you can have so many different people striving for one goal, you’ve got people of all shapes, speeds and sizes and we all work together to achieve that goal. It bonds you for life.”
What drives you to be the best you can be?
“When you are in this kind of environment you don’t ever do it for yourself, you do it for the people around you whether that be the coaches or just your team mates, you see them slogging it out in the gym or the pitch which drives you on. You want to work as hard for them, as they do for you.”
What did it feel like singing the national anthem for the first time?
“I was very emotional, I’m not an emotional person. People usually call me stone cold, but when you finally pull on that shirt, it’s something you dream of as a kid, it’s a feeling that is difficult to describe. I love singing the anthem, I always sing it loud and out of tune.”
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
“I would have to say my dad has been a huge influence on my career, he’s the one that has embedded the work ethic in me, he’s always supported me, he’s coached me, he forced me to go out and do running sessions when I was younger.”
How does it feel knowing you’re going to be playing in a Women’s Rugby World Cup?
“It’s amazing. I remember watching it with my family when it was France and thinking at the time, maybe one day I’ll get to play in one. I never thought it would be this quick. I can’t wait.”
If you were stranded on a desert island, what’s the one thing you would take with you?
“I’d take a flint so I could make a fire. Izzy Noel-Smith showed me how to do it the other day when we were out camping which was great.”
What’s your guilty pleasure?
“I love a rom com or really soppy music, I love Adele. People are really surprised when they find that out because I’m not that type of person.”
If you could attend one sporting event, which one would you pick?
“I’d like to see Mo Farah run in a big final.”
If you could choose three celebrities to do Come Dine With Me, who would you choose?
“Adele, because I absolutely love her, the Queen because I really want to meet her and maybe someone like Morgan Freeman because he’s so cool.”
What is the one thing from home you always take with you on tour?
“I miss my dog, but I can’t really take him on tour. If I could, I would.”
If you could choose one superpower for the day, what would you pick?