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Rochelle Clark makes history, but England go down to New Zealand

Rochelle Clark became the most-capped woman of all-time, but England were unable to celebrate the occasion by toppling New Zealand.

The Red Roses slipped to a thrilling 25-20 defeat at Twickenham Stoop to endure their first loss of the Old Mutual Wealth Series.

Front row forward Clark made her 116th international appearance, but it was New Zealand's Kendra Cocksedge who stole the show with a 20-point haul.

England trailed 7-5 at half-time, but two tries in the space of two minutes through Harriet Millar-Mills and Lydia Thompson helped them establish a 10-point lead.

Cocksedge crossed twice as the Black Fearns went 19-17 ahead before a penalty from Emily Scarratt nudged the world champions back in front.

But once again Cocksedge intervened with two late penalties to settle a pulsating clash between the fierce rivals.

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