England rugby's Amy Cokayne on her time at football club Aston Villa and her stand-out initials

Cokayne began her sporting career as a young footballer at Aston Villa (PA Images)
Cokayne began her sporting career as a young footballer at Aston Villa (PA Images)
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England rugby player Amy Cokayne has spoken about her time at football club Aston Villa.

Cokayne played for the U10's squad and it was literally written in her name that she'd end up there.

Her father made sure that her initials spelled out Aston Villa Football Club.

“When my dad wanted to name me, he couldn’t think of a name beginning with ‘F’ that he actually liked.

"It was just going to be Amy Victoria F. Cokayne, but in the end he found one - Fiona,” she told The Telegraph.

Her career at the club didn't extend into her teenage life as her family moved to New Zealand where she took up rugby.

“I was only nine when we moved out there and I didn’t really stick with football much after that. It probably wasn’t a bad thing considering I’m only five foot five. I can’t imagine I’d have been very good in goal.”

The move to rugby has worked well for Cokayne. She is a staple in the Harlequins outfit and internationally has won several Six Nations titles.

“The World Cup is the pinnacle of any player’s career. I’ll definitely be working hard to put my hand up for selection to go out there,” she said.

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