Amy Cokayne nearly started her international playing career in New Zealand.
She emigrated there with her family at the age of nine, after her father, who was in the RAF, was recruited by the New Zealand Air Force. They had already, as a services family, had frequent moves, including 13 primary schools.
She had already played rugby at Lichfield from the age of six and her New Zealand school side, Feilding High School, ran an excellent girls’ rugby programme. In 2012 the team went on to win 53 consecutive games under Amy’s captaincy.
She was invited to join a Black Ferns national training camp but from the age of 10 she dreamed of wearing an England shirt.
She won the European Championship with England U18 Sevens before scored her maiden senior England try against Canada in the 2015 Rugby Super Series at Edmonton, and played in every game at her first Women's Rugby World Cup in 2017.
Ipswich-born Amy also studied for a BSc in Sports Science at Loughborough University.
Her hat-trick of tries against Scotland at the Twickenham Stoop in March of 2017 was only the second instance of a front-row forward crossing the opposing line three times in the history of the Women’s Six Nations.
A fifth try during the Grand Slam match against Ireland at Donnybrook made her the second highest try-scorer in the 2017 tournament with three fewer than teammate Kay Wilson.
And in 2018 she appeared again in all five games of the Six Nations, scoring two tries, and featured in four of the five matches in 2019 as England secured the Grand Slam.
She took time away from rugby to complete her Royal Air Force training and will now combine international duties with her career under an EPS agreement.
80 points – 16T
2015 It(R), S(R), F(R), USA, NZ(R), C(R), F, I(R) 2016 S, It, I(R), W(R), F(R), C, F, USA, F, I(R), NZ, C 2017 F, W, It(R), S, I, A(R), C, NZ, C, C, C RWC - S(R), I, USA, F, NZ 2018 It(R), W, S, F, I, 2019 – I(R), F(R), W, S
Last updated: 15 May 2019.