Rochelle Clark has called time on her international career – and the England prop admits it is with a heavy heart that she bows out as the most capped international in her country’s history.
Clark, 37, racked up 137 international appearances for the Red Roses after making her debut for England all the way back in 2003.
Since then she has appeared in every Women’s Six Nations tournament since 2005 – helping England to eight crowns in that time including seven Grand Slams.
She was also part of the England side that lifted the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2014 and will continue to pass on her experience as a player for Wasps and a coach at Chesham Stags.
She said: “It’s with a heavy heart that I have decided it is time to retire from international rugby.
“To receive my first cap was a dream come true and it was with the same pride and hunger that I walked out a further 136 times for England. It was always an honour and a privilege to take to the pitch wearing the rose.
“I look back on my 15-year England career and think of the friends I have made and the opportunities we were given. I have shared some incredible experiences with so many great people.
“To those who kept me going when times were tough and who made the experience so special, I want to say a huge thank you; all my friends and family, team mates, coaches and support staff.
“I have been incredibly lucky to wear the shirt through some major changes to the game, playing as both an amateur and professional. I am excited for the direction women’s rugby is headed and am proud of the contributions we made as players along the way.
“I look forward to continuing on the pitch with Wasps and in my career as a coach for Chesham Stags.”
Red Roses’ head coach Simon Middleton added: “Rocky Clark is a true legend of rugby. To have remained at the top of her game for 15 years is a remarkable achievement.
“She gave as much off the pitch as on, and is recognised by her team mates as one of the great leaders within the squad. She’s been an absolute inspiration to us and embodies everything a Red Rose should be.
“I speak on behalf of everyone to say that it has been an honour and a privilege to work with Rocky over the years.”