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Alumna Rochelle Clark equals Jason Leonard caps record in win

Released: 10.11.16

The most capped women's rugby player, Rochelle Clark won her 114th cap to equal Jason Leonard's England record in last night's England 10-5 France game.

Speaking to BBC Sport on Facebook live, Rochelle said reaching 114 caps was "amazing", adding: "Blood sweat and tears have gone into it.

"It's been such hard work over the last 13 years but every time you pull on that white shirt it makes such a difference to my life and I really want to keep doing it. It's been really tough but worthwhile. The World Cup coming up next year is my minimum but I want to keep going until they say I can't do it anymore."

Rochelle Clark attended the University of St Mark & St John Graduation ceremonies this month when she was awarded a Master of Science. She also achieved a BA (Hons) in Sports Science & Coaching from Marjon and is a Level 3 Coach.

Rochelle, or “Rocky” as she is usually known, is the most experienced player in the England squad. 

She found rugby when she was 15 with Beaconsfield and, after working her way through the England ranks at U19 and Academy level, achieved her first England cap in 2003 playing against the USA. 

Rocky has won the Six Nations tournament seven times and achieved six Grand Slams.

She mixes playing rugby for Worcester Ladies with her role as Head Coach of the Chesham Stags and Bucks New University and, in what time she has left, is also a personal trainer.

Rocky was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours List for services to rugby.

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