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Cokayne scores on return as Tigers clash in Six Nations

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Six Leicester Tigers players were involved as the 2024 Guinness Six Nations reached the halfway point with it's third weekend.

All five shared the pitch with one another as England travelled north to battle with Scotland, the Red Roses running out 0 - 46 winners in Edinburgh.

Amy Cokayne enjoyed a memorable return to international action, the hooker returning to an England shirt for the first time in just over 12 months.

Cokayne scored a storming try in the opening moments of the match, sidestepping into space past two onrushing Scots to power home and slam the ball down for the game's opener.

However, successive yellow cards in either half meant the RAF Officer was shown red on her return to action.

Meanwhile, Meg Jones bagged an assist after starting at outside-centre in another memorable performance that included a blink-and-you'll-miss-it piece of rapid handling that set in motion England's second score.

But the coup de grace came when the cross-code star departed entirely from rugby and instead took a page from the Lionesses playbook. With a grubber kick played through midfield, instead of gathering the ball, Jones instead decided to kick through a weighted through ball that allowed Ellie Kildunne to gather on the line and touch down, a remarkable piece of skill.

On the opposing side, Leah Bartlett started her third successive Six Nations fixture at loosehead prop, while Elis Martin and Eva Donaldson (a late inclusion on the Scotland bench through injury) entered from the bench, enjoying twenty and thirty minutes respectively.

One of the game's great positives for Tigers fans saw Francesca McGhie return to the field after missing the first two games through injury, the flyer coming on early for a solid 50 minutes of field time.