|Weight||86kg (13st 7lb)|
After winning her 70th cap when England beat France 29-25 in the European Cup final in Italy last May, Rochelle Clark can reflect on a highly successful career that began when she was 15 with Beaconsfield. She said: “Geoff Richards gave me my first cap, together with a taste for elite rugby. Also, Rob Drinkwater recognised my potential and gave me exposure while England forwards coach Graham Smith strives to make me better and better.”
She had proudly led out England when winning her 50th cap against Ireland in the 2010 WRWC and duly reached 60 appearances when starting the third match in the 2011 Nations Cup when England beat Canada 22-10 to qualify for the final against the same opponents four days later. That game produced another victory by the even bigger margin of 41-19. Next up was the Black Ferns at Twickenham in November 2011.
Rochelle started the match that England won ecstatically by scoring ten points without reply. A specialist loose head prop where she has always figured, Rochelle admires New Zealand’s Jonah Lomu, Gethin Jenkins, of Wales, and England prop Andrew Sheridan.
Any member of the front row union would have been proud of the two tries that she scored in the 89-0 win over Scotland at Twickenham in March 2011. Five days later, she plundered England’s third try along the way to a 31-0 win over Ireland at Ashbourne, a sixth consecutive title and another Grand Slam.
She played in all except one of the 2013 Six Nations matches, having scored her 16th Test try in the opening game at Esher that produced 76 points without reply from Scotland.
Employed by Nexus in Chesham, she has a BA (Hons) in Sports Science & Coaching, was appointed as head coach of Berks, Bucks & Oxon One North club Chesham Stags for 2010-11 and is a past captain of Henley and Marjons, the College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth.
She joined Worcester in 2010-11 from Team Northumbria, having represented England U19 and captained the Academy and A team along the way to full caps and is a former Buckinghamshire Sportswoman of the Year.
High Wycombe-born Rochelle wants England to triumph on the global stage and from a personal angle aims to coach at a high level and at a Premiership academy. Her pastimes include bowling, films, health and fitness and her top ground? It’s Twickenham, no less.
Last updated: March 19, 2013