Rugby Union

Amy Cokayne hoping England 'get the job done' at Rugby World Cup

Flight Lieutenant Amy Cokayne will be flying out to New Zealand as a member of the England women's rugby team hoping to win the Rugby World Cup.

Runners-up to the hosts in 2017, England are coming into this World Cup with 25 successive international test wins - putting them among the favourites to win this time around.

Flt Lt Cokayne has 64 England caps to her name and is one of three RAF rugby players selected for their home nations for the Rugby World Cup,

Cokayne appeared at the 2017 World Cup and believes the variety that England has in the team is "huge".

She said: "If you look across those 25 games, there has been a lot of depth and we have played a lot of different variations as a team.

"I think we got caught short at the last World Cup, we had to make a few final changes and we probably did not practice that enough.

"So, the fact that this time we have played so many different varieties, whatever fifteen's on that pitch at the time, hopefully, will get the job done."

After battling through injuries in recent years, this opportunity will see the Harlequins player return to her country of birth.

She said of the home country connection: "I think, not only personally, but the fact that it's rugby and it's in New Zealand – as a nation they love rugby.

"But, personally, having lived there for eight years, hopefully see some familiar faces."

Best placed as a hooker, Amy is said to be a "fantastic motivator" on the side.  

England Head Coach Simon Middleton said: "I think she brings great character, quite a unique character, very laid back but knows when to get on it in terms of rugby.

"One of the things we are blessed with is we have got some outstanding hookers, throwing into lineout is a fantastic skillset and to be able to throw the range that Amy can throw, as well, with accuracy.”

The tournament, which was delayed a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, gets under way on 8 October.

England will face Fiji first before taking on France in the second pool matches.

Watch: England head coach talks Rugby World Cup.