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RAF Star Expects 'Shocks And Surprises' At Six Nations

Amy Cokayne will play for England at the tournament and discussed what people can expect to see.

A member of the RAF's rugby side team predicts there will be "shocks and surprises" in the Six Nations which starts next month.

Amy Cokayne will be part of England’s squad for the tournament and she expects plenty of twists and turns from the teams involved.

The 22-year-old is currently training with the England set-up at Bisham Abbey ahead of the opening game against Ireland on 1 February.

She’s expecting an exciting competition for the fans and players too. She said: "You’ve got to look at the Six Nations as a whole and every team has grown.

"We saw Italy and Scotland play in the Autumn and Italy put one over on them.

"Scotland have beaten them in the past so you’ve got to go into every game and bring out your best performance.

"You can’t take any team for granted.

“You get shocks and surprises every year.

Amy Cokayne
Amy Cokayne and the England team are training hard ahead of the clash with Ireland.

“It’s all about what team turns up on the day. Obviously our focus at the minute is Ireland and hopefully we will put in a good performance in that game."

Cokayne recently took a break from rugby to focus on her training as part of the Royal Air Force Police and feels refreshed thanks to her time away.

She said: "I’ve not had a break from rugby since I was about thirteen so to have that time off to leave that, focus on something new and recharge your batteries was really good.

"It’s really good to be back. I was a bit nervous about being like the new girl in school again, coming in with my bags and stuff but no, it’s really good. It’s a good environment so it’s been really good."

Amy Cokayne Wide Interview Shot 17/01/2018 Credit: BFBS
Cokayne took valuable time away from training to discuss her England experience.

She said: "I’ve not had a break from Rugby since I was about thirteen so to have that time off to leave that, focus on something new and recharge your batteries was really good.

“It’s really good to be back. I was a bit nervous about being like the new girl in school again, coming in with my bags and stuff but no, it’s really good. It’s a good environment so it’s been really good.”

Since she was last with the England team, much has changed including a number of new team-mates which is something that excites the player.

“It’s really good,” she said.

"We’ve got some new faces as well which is always good. It’s kind of like a fresh environment.

“We’ve got a new forwards coach which has been quite interesting to get that relationship between me and him where it needs to be to go forward."

Amy Cokayne England Coaches 17/01/2018 Credit: BFBS
Cokayne and her England team-mates have developed a great relationship with the coaching staff.

Cokayne is juggling international rugby with club rugby since her return to the sport and she believes she currently has the right balance.

She said: “We don’t have to cram loads of sessions into one day because we’ve only got weekends to come together. It means we can still give back to our clubs. We’ll go off to club training and be able to play at the weekend.

“We are getting that balance right of getting what we need to get from these England sessions, but still looking after ourselves in terms of nutrition.

“If you want to talk about something, you don’t have to actually be out on the pitch doing it. You can have those micro-conversations with the girls or someone in a similar position to you.

"You don’t have to be on the phone or just randomly catch someone so having the time together is really good."