Rocky who? Stags coach set to make in­ter­na­tional record

Eng­land prop Clark has trans­formed Che­sham Stags

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Tim Street tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Street­boyTim

WHEN Rochelle ‘Rocky’ Clark pitched up at Che­sham Stags RFC a few years back look­ing for a coach­ing job, no-one was quite sure who she was.

If, as ex­pected, Clark came off the bench last night against France to equal Ja­son Leonard’s record as Eng­land’s most capped rugby in­ter­na­tional, plenty of peo­ple will know who she is.

There will be no-one more pleased than those watch­ing from Che­sham, where Rocky is still the head coach.

Club pres­i­dent Cliff Davies said: “Rocky has been with us four or five years now. She had moved to the area and was look­ing for a club to be in­volved with. When she first rocked up we weren’t sure who she was, but we thought we’d give it a go and have never looked back.

“From her very first train­ing ses­sion, when we had 70 to 80 peo­ple come down, we have gone from strength to strength. None of the lads go out drink­ing on a Fri­day night now, as they know they won’t get a game the next day.

“She in­sists only play­ers who train will play, and we have gone from a team strug­gling to stay up each year to a team that can very much hold it’s own in our di­vi­sion.

“She has had a mas­sive af­fect on the club, with the num­ber of mem­bers in­creas­ing and the qual­ity coach­ing she brings be­ing passed down when her first-team play­ers give up their time to coach the younger lads on Sun­days.”

The Stags, mean­while, re­turned to win­ning ways last Satur­day with a 24-8 win over Did­cot, which moved them up to sev­enth in the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier.

Jack Davies, Toby Deane, Char­lie Ho­gan and Alex Bar­ton all scored tries in a win that was made all the more im­pres­sive be­cause many of the first XV were at hooker Taz Ha­gan’s wed­ding, with sec­ond XV play­ers filling the gaps.

Else­where in the same di­vi­sion, Drifters re­main in sec­ond but were thumped 56-12 by the only team above them in the ta­ble – Swin­don Col­lege Old Boys. Tries from Rob Wills and Matt White were not enough to keep their five-game win­ning streak in­tact.

Drifters were due to wel­come Che­sham in the Bucks Shield semi­fi­nal this week­end, but with the same fix­ture in the league the fol­low­ing Satur­day, it will be played then in­stead, as a dou­ble-header.


Record: Eng­land’s Rochelle Clark and, in­set, Che­sham scor­ers Char­lie Ho­gan and Alex Bar­ton

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