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Two Tigers in Red Roses WXV squad

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Two Leicester Tigers players have been named in the England squad for the inaugural WXV tournament.

Amy Cokayne and Meg Jones have both been selected for the Red Roses and will fly out to New Zealand for the tournament which commences in just under three weeks time, on October 20.

Cokayne has been a stalwart in the Red Roses squad, accruing over seventy appearances, including two World Cup campaigns, since first breaking into the squad in 2015.

Although she missed Saturday's match with Canada due to a small injury, the hooker is expected to be fit for England's opening game against Australia, in Wellington.

Jones' international career had a similarly vertical trajectory to Cokayne, also breaking into the International set-up as a teenager and featured heavily in the 2017 World Cup campaign, including, like Cokayne, starting in the final.

However, the dynamic, versatile back then took a different path, choosing to focus on a burgeoning reputation in the Seven's set-up that has seen her fly to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games and co-captain a GB team that recently confirmed their trip to Paris 2024.

Jones has since expressed a desire to push for both a place in the Paris 2024 Team GB squad and, in the XV's game, for a place in the Red Roses for a home World Cup in 2025.

Starting at outside-centre in Saturday's 29 - 12 victory over Canada, Jones helped set up Jess Breach for England's final try and kicked two conversions.

Following their opening round clash with Australia, the Red Roses will face Canada on Friday, October 27 in Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin before a clash with the Black Ferns of New Zealand on Saturday, November 4 at the Go Media Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland.