Rugby Union

RAF's Amy Cokayne 'Definitely Ready' For England's Six Nations Title Defence

RAF Rugby Union star Amy Cokayne says she is "definitely ready" to represent England at this year’s Six Nations.

The Harlequins player recently returned from a number of injuries including torn hamstring tendon.

Despite the lack of regular playing time, Cokayne has been picked as part of the national set-up for the international tournament.

She said: "I tore my hamsting tendon and had a foot issue plus a shoulder issue.

"I’ve had a few injuries and bad things happen in threes, don’t they?

"Hopefully that is me done for a while now but I’m fit.

"I’ve got a few club games under my belt now so I’m definitely ready to go for the Six Nations."

Amy Cokayne prepares to take the ball.
Amy Cokayne prepares to take the ball.

England are the current holders of the trophy after a win last year and Cokayne has revealed the team’s mentality heading into the big games.

"We’ve talked about not defending [the title].

"We’re going out to attack it again and win the championships.

"We’re trying to get away from that defensive mindset and hopefully put on some good performances and good attacking play.

"Every year, the teams change. Wales, for example, have different coaches and some new players coming in.

"They are blooding new people as well.

"Playing Scotland away is very tough. They are a very passionate country and it’ll be freezing up in Scotland away as well.

"To end on Italy away is huge. Again, a very passionate country that on any day can beat anyone.

"There are tough games throughout really."

The England international will also be representing the RAF at the Inter Services in March.

The Air Force shocked the military landscape when they won the title after 20 years of Army dominance.

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Cokayne was a key member of the RAF's winning side at the 2019 Inter Services.

Cokayne is expecting an interesting tournament.

"We know we’ve just riled the Army up and the Navy," she says.

"To get out there and defend it again, we are just going to have to attack it.

"We still have a really good side and I know they have as well.

"We’ve got a few good games in preparation. We are playing Saracens and then heading away.

"We’ll have some good game time and hopefully it will be really good games again.”

Cokayne’s recent move to Harlequins has seen her take her next step in her career, becoming a permanent full-time player.

She thinks it has helped her grow as a player.

"It’s huge especially to be full-time," Cokayne says.

"They have a good full-time programme.

"Every day, you know exactly what you are doing and what sessions you are doing.

"It’s a good bunch of girls as well so every day, there’s at least 16 girls.

"It beats doing a gym or running session by yourself."