|Weight||86kg (13st 7lb)|
Rochelle or “Rocky” as she's known to most, is what you'd call, delicately, the elder statesman in the England Squad. With over 90 caps to her name to date and vast amounts of coaching behind her, she's often compared to the great Jason Leonard.
A leader in the front row, Rochelle already has a glittering career to look back on but is determined to triumph on a global stage before she hangs up her scrum hat. She has played in two World Cups, in 2006 and 2010, and remembers fondly the 2010 final: “The home crowd chanting ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ while the Kiwis did the haka gave me goosebumps and an overwhelming sense of pride.”
She has a BA (Hons) in Sports Science & Coaching to her name and is a Level 3 Coach to boot. She mixes her rugby playing with her role as Head Coach of the Chesham Stags and Bucks University and, in what time she has left, is also a personal trainer.
You can add a past captain of Henley and Marjons, the College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth to the mix as well.
Rocky found rugby when she was 15 with Beaconsfield and after working her way through the England ranks at U19 and Academy levels she thanks Geoff Richards for awarding her first cap. Also, she says: “Rob Drinkwater recognised my potential and gave me exposure while England forwards coach Graham Smith strives to make me better and better.”
She's big into her health and fitness, naturally, but also enjoys a trip to the bowling alley or catching a film, and she was also county shot-putter in her youth.
Last updated: July 1, 2014