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Worcester and England rugby star set to break new record

This weekend one of England's most respected female rugby players could make history by making more appearances for her country than any other woman in rugby history.

World Cup winner Rochelle Clarke, or Rocky as she's known, plays her club rugby here in the Midlands at Worcester. She's already earned more caps for England than any other player, male or female, but isn't finished breaking records just yet. Melissa Wright reports.


Wasps battle back to win Premiership opener

Wasps overhauled a twelve point deficit to beat Exeter Chiefs 25-20 in their first match of the new Aviva Premiership season.

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Debutant Tommy Taylor scored what proved to be the decisive try against last season’s beaten finalists and give Dai Young’s men a winning start at the Ricoh Arena.

The hosts were boosted by the return of Danny Cipriani who was beginning his second spell at the club but were without summer signings Kyle Eastmond and Australian star Kurtley Beale.

It was Exeter who made the perfect start to the contest with former Leicester Tigers forward Thomas Waldrom scoring after just two minutes and Henry Slade converting.

Slade and Wasps fly-half Jimmy Gopperth then traded penalties before Gopperth scored an excellent first try.

By half time the gap was back to nine though as scrum-half Will Chudley got Exeter’s second score and Slade again added the extras.

Another penalty from the Exeter and England kicker made it 20-8 ten minutes after the break.

But soon after Wasps began to work their way back into the game – Danny Cipriani and Christian Wade combined to allow Dan Robson to touch down.

The winning score then came from Wasps hooker Taylor, he capped a rolling maul and Gopperth converted as they edged two points ahead.

Slade missed a testing chance to put Exeter back in front, before Gopperth kicked his second penalty to confirm a fine victory for Wasps.

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