Leicester Tigers players offered Red Roses contracts

By Evie Payne

13th Jul 2023 | Rugby

Leicester Tigers play at the Mattioli Woods Welford Road stadium in Leicester city. Image credit: Nub News.
Leicester Tigers play at the Mattioli Woods Welford Road stadium in Leicester city. Image credit: Nub News.

Two Leicester Tigers players have officially been awarded contracts with England's Red Roses.

The players receiving contracts with the Red Roses have been announced by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), and Leicester Tigers players Amy Cokayne and Megan Jones have made the list.

The new contracts, agreed in collaboration with the Rugby Players' Association and player representatives, will cover salaries, match fees, commercial and community engagement initiatives as well as an agreement around revenue sharing if business targets are exceeded. 

For the ladies, this also means that they are looking to the Rugby World Cup 2025, with arrangements now being made following the confirmation of contracts.

Vicky Macqueen, Head of Women's Rugby at Leicester Tigers said: "Everyone at Leicester Tigers is delighted to hear that Amy and Meg have been confirmed as contracted players for the Red Roses. Amy has been a key figure at International level for many years whilst it's brilliant to see Meg be given the opportunity to show her immense talent across both the fifteen-a-side game and the sevens circuit!"   

The pair will be joining a long list of impressive female players in the Red Roses lineup:

  • Holly Aitchison (Bristol Bears) 
  • Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury) 
  • Sarah Beckett (Gloucester-Hartpury) 
  • Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears) 
  • Hannah Botterman (Bristol Bears) 
  • Jess Breach (Saracens) 
  • Mackenzie Carson (TBC) 
  • Poppy Cleall (Saracens) 
  • Kelsey Clifford (Saracens) 
  • Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins) 
  • Lark Davies (Bristol Bears) 
  • Abby Dow (Ealing Trailfinders) 
  • Rosie Galligan (Saracens) 
  • Zoe Harrison (Saracens) 
  • Tatyana Heard (Gloucester-Hartpury) 
  • Sadia Kabeya (Loughborough) 
  • Ellie Kildunne (Harlequins) 
  • Alex Matthews (Gloucester-Hartpury) 
  • Claudia MacDonald (Exeter) 
  • Maud Muir (Gloucester-Hartpury) 
  • Cath O'Donnell (Loughborough) 
  • Morwenna Talling (Sale Sharks) 
  • Lucy Packer (Harlequins) 
  • Marlie Packer (Saracens) 
  • Connie Powell (Harlequins) 
  • Amber Reed (Bristol Bears) 
  • Helena Rowland (Loughborough) 
  • Emily Scarratt (Loughborough) 
  • Emma Sing (Gloucester-Hartpury) 
  • Abbie Ward (Bristol Bears) 

Charlie Hayter, RFU Head of Women's Performance said: "We are pleased to confirm the players offered contracts who will form the Red Roses contracted player squad for the 2023/24 season. This is a hugely exciting time for the Red Roses, especially with our home World Cup on the horizon in 2025. However, we know there is a lot of work to do before then, and we are excited to bring the group together shortly to start preparations for WXV which will be the immediate focus for us all." 

Congratulations to Amy and Meg and may the Tigers thrive as the 2023/24 season fast approaches.


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