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Rugby Union

RAF Rugby Union Star Amy Cokayne Signs For Harlequins

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RAF rugby union star Amy Cokayne has joined Harlequins women's side for the 2019/2020 season.

The Air Force officer was a driving force in the RAF’s Inter Services triumph earlier this year and represented her country at the 2019 Six Nations competition.

Cokayne was plying her trade for Wasps but has moved to Harlequins who play in the top flight of women’s rugby union.

The RAF player will join up with the Army's Bethan Dainton at the club.

Speaking to the Harlequins club website, Cokayne was pleased to sign with the club.

She said: “Harlequins is setting the standard for professionalism in the women’s game.

“No other club is providing the same quality of set-up in terms of off-field support and on-field performance, and that was a huge factor in terms of me wanting to play here.”

“The Club has an incredible group of talented players from all over the world and everyone seems to offer something different, and that can only help me improve as a player.

Cokayne has plenty of international experience to add to the Harlequins squad.

Harlequins play at their games at Twickenham Stoop which is a stadium well-known to Cokayne.

She said: “I’ve also had the opportunity to play at The Stoop on numerous occasions for club, country and with the RAF.

“When I was with England, we used to refer to it as our “fortress”, and it’s definitely somewhere where I feel at home.”

Harlequins Ladies Co-Head Coach Karen Findlay is also happy with her capture.

She said: “Amy is a fantastic addition to our squad and will provide further class to what is already a strong tight group of forwards who strive for excellence and create a competitive edge.

“Amy has a drive to be the best she can be; her tenacity and aggression in the contact area are evident strengths as well as her proficiency at set-piece, and I’m confident she will add another dimension to our forward play.

“She is keen to get back into an England shirt and knows what it takes to compete and succeed at the highest level, and her quality will be invaluable as we take the next step of our journey next season.”