Rocky who? Stags coach set to make international record
England prop Clark has transformed Chesham Stags
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