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VIDEO – Rochelle Clark: 90th cap is just the start

06 March 2014

  • Worcester prop primed for 90th cap against Wales
  • “I want to be a world champion too” – Clark

Rochelle Clark is not resting on her laurels as she prepares to win her 90th cap for England Women against Wales on Friday evening. Instead, the Worcester prop has some special goals in mind for the remainder of this year.

Clark starts at loose head for the fourth match in the current Six Nations at the Twickenham Stoop, with Gary Street’s charges looking to record a third successive victory following defeats of Scotland and Ireland.

Having made her debut back in 2003, the 32 year-old now stands second on the all-time list of appearances for England Women – former hooker Amy Garnett leading the way with a round 100.

Rather than bask in that achievement though, she has honed in on two specific aims – becoming a centurion and tasting glory at the Women’s Rugby World Cup in France this summer.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time [with England] and I want it to go on as long as possible,” Clark explained. “I’ve had some very good experiences on the way and I’ve made some great friends. It’s been wonderful to represent my country.

Rochelle Clark 

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“[Becoming the most capped player ever] is definitely a goal. The first one is to win the World Cup because I want to become a world champion. Amy Garnett is a hero of mine too, so if I can get a couple ahead of her that would be fantastic.                                       

“The hunger and passion have helped me get this far. I’ve also been looked after very well and as the game has become more professional, I’ve had a lot of support.

“Physios have done a great job in patching me up as and when I’ve needed their help and [coach] Graham Smith has developed me into an experienced prop.”

Momentum is key if England are to have any chance of clinching their first World Cup since 1994, and a strong finish to this tournament would be ideal.

Clark is well aware of that, and though Wales lie bottom of the table after three losses, the veteran is clearly in no mood for complacency.

“Wales are very physical and have strong forwards, so it’ll be an important game for me on Friday,” she finished. “I’m looking forward to the one-on-one battle with my opposite number Jenny Davies as well. They’ll want to give us a run for your money.

“It starts with us up front and if we can give our backs a good platform, we should be alright.”