The Barbarians have added England legend Rochelle Clark to finalise the squad taking on the USA Women’s Eagles at Glendale.

Wasps prop Clark is England’s most-capped player with 137 international appearances behind her and joins a star-studded group with representatives from nine countries for the match in Denver on April 26.

The other additions to complete the squad are Ireland centre Alison Miller and two more outside backs in England’s Katie Mason and Sweden sevens player Tova Derk.

It gives head coach Anna Richards a 23-strong group with 696 international appearances between them to take on a USA side preparing for this summer’s Super Series against England, New Zealand, Canada and France.

Rochelle Clark

Rochelle Clark (left) celebrates England’s 2017 Six Nations victory

“I’m really ecstatic — I’ve managed to achieve a lot in my career but this is something I really hoped I’d be asked to do, so I’m very honoured,” said Clark.

“I knew a lot of the players involved in the first two games and I was feeling a bit jealous because I was still involved with England and not able to join them. Now I’m really excited to get the chance to pull the famous Barbarians jersey on.

“It’ll be cool to meet up with players you’ve had good battles with in the past and lots of respect for. I hoe we can bond quickly, play the brand of rugby the Barbarians is famous for and make lots of new friends.”

The USA — now coached by former Saracens boss Rob Cain — reached the semi finals of the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup and are ranked fifth in the world.

“I’ve played against the USA on a number of occasions and they’re all tough, fit ladies — they’ll make it a battle and they’re fast, athletic side,” added Clark.

The USA v Barbarians will be streamed live from Glendale on April 26 via

Barbarians squad


Gill Bourke (Stade Francais & Ireland) 51 caps

Amelia Buckland-Hurry (Bristol Bears) 0

Alisha Butchers (Worcester Valkyries & Wales) 25

Rochelle Clark (Wasps & England) 137

Dalena Dennison (Warringah & Australia) 12

Fiao’o Fa’amausili (Auckland Marist & New Zealand) 57

Carmen Farmer (Glendale & USA) 11

Paula Fitzpatrick (St Mary’s & Ireland) 40

Samantha Martinez Gion (Amsterdam & Netherlands) 4

Linda Itunu (Ponsonby & New Zealand) 40

Heather Kerr (Darlington MP & England) 16

Steph Te Ohaere-Fox (Christchurch & New Zealand) 25


Andrea Burk (Capilanos & Canada) 38

Tova Derk (Wasps)

Julia Folk (Castaway Wdrs & Canada) 5

Emma Jensen (Hastings & New Zealand) 49

Jasmine Joyce (Worcester Valkyries & Wales) 15

Katie Mason (Wasps & England) 13

Alison Miller (Old Belvedere & Ireland) 47

Helen Nelson (Montpellier & Scotland) 22

Elinor Snowsill (Bristol Bears & Wales) 51

Hannah Stolba (Glendale & USA) 12

Amanda Thornborough (Westshore & Canada) 28