Amy Cokayne nearly started her international playing career in New Zealand after 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 had frequent moves, including 13 primary schools. She played rugby at Lichfield from age six and her New Zealand school side, Feilding High School went on to win 53 consecutive games under Amy’s captaincy. Amy scored her maiden senior try against Canada in the 2015 Rugby Super Series, and played in every game at her first Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017. Five tries during the 2017 Six Nations made her the second highest try-scorer in the tournament.
She took time away from rugby to complete her Royal Air Force training and combines her international duties with her career. She missed the 2019 Super Series in San Diego due to work commitments. Cokayne joined Tyrrells Premier 15s finalists Harlequins. In September 2019 she was awarded a full-time England contract and earned her 50th cap in England’s Six Nations match against Wales at the Twickenham Stoop in March 2020.