Everyone associated with the Club is delighted to hear that Ex-Henley Women's players, Rocky Clarke, Tamara Taylor, Nolli Waterman and Rachael Burford have all been included in England Women's World Cup squad.
Rocky who has an incredible 124 caps, achieved the distinction of being England’s most capped rugby player when overtaking Jason Leonard’s 114-cap total in the 12-10 win over Ireland at University College, Dublin last November.
Tamara added the RPA Player of the Year to her tally of achievements, having been part of the 2014 World Cup winning squad and 2015 Premiership Player of the Year. With her mother, Teresa, captaining the Zambian golf team and her brother being a British U16 Real Tennis champion, a life in sport was inevitable.
Rugby was always going to play a part in the life of Nolli Waterman. Her father, Jim, appeared in more than 450 games for Bath Rugby, both her brothers play and now she’s a World Cup winner, having scored a try in the 2014 final against Canada.
Rachael comes from a rugby family background and last April became the first female professional player on the RPA players’ board. She first picked up a ball when six and was in the same team as her mother, Renata, and her sister, Louise, for a season at Medway RFC, where Rachael spent the first 10 years of her career.
A talented sevens player, Rachael took part in the 2009 and 2013 Sevens World Cups. She won her 60th cap in the 39-6 victory over Canada last November and went on to play in every match for the 2017 England Six Nations Grand Slam winning team.
Both Rocky and Tamara started their rugby careers at Henley under thestewardship of Jerry Edwards and Peter Allen, who both did so much to get our ladies side into the Premiership for 3 years, a fantastic achievement.
We wish them all the very best of luck in Ireland.