Ben Clarke

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Ben Clarke
Birth nameBenjamin Bevan Clarke
Date of birth (1968-04-15) 15 April 1968 (age 50)
Place of birth Bishop's Stortford
Height1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight113 kg (17 st 11 lb)
SchoolThe Bishop's Stortford College
UniversityThe Royal Agricultural College (Cirencester)
Occupation(s)Money broker
Rugby union career
Position(s) Back Row
Amateur team(s)
?-1992 Bishop's Stortford
Saracens F.C.
Senior career
Bath Rugby
Richmond F.C.
Bath Rugby
Worcester Warriors
National team(s)
British and Irish Lions

Ben Clarke (born 15 April 1968), [1] is a former England back-row international rugby union player.

England national rugby union team sportsteam in rugby union

The England national rugby union team competes in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on a total of 28 occasions, 13 times winning the Grand Slam and 25 times winning the Triple Crown, making them the most successful outright winners in the tournament's history. They are ranked fourth in the world by the International Rugby Board as of 18 March 2019. England are to date the only team from the northern hemisphere to win the Rugby World Cup, when they won the tournament back in 2003. They were also runners-up in 1991 and 2007.



Educated at Bishop's Stortford College, [2] Clarke played for Bath Rugby from 1992 to 1996, before joining Richmond F.C. as the first £1-million player. [3] He returned to Bath in 2000 for a second spell as captain, [4] before knee injuries reduced his appearances and he left the club for a second time, joining Worcester Warriors as player/coach in 2001. [5]

Bishop's Stortford College is an co-educational independent day and boarding school for pupils from the ages of four to eighteen, with a 130-acre (0.53 km2) campus located on the edge of the market town of Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England. As an "all-through" school it is a member of both the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference and the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools. The school has more than 1100 pupils and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2018. The current head is Jeremy Gladwin.

Bath Rugby rugby union team

Bath Rugby is an English professional rugby union club in Bath, Somerset. They play in the English Premiership. The club has won England's domestic competition, the Premiership Rugby Cup, the Heineken Cup, and the European Challenge Cup.

Richmond F.C. rugby union club from Richmond, London, England

Richmond Football Club is a rugby union club from Richmond, London. It is a founding member of the Rugby Football Union, and is one of the oldest football clubs. It fields teams in both men's and women's rugby, with the men's first team recently promoted into the RFU Championship, and the women's first team playing in the women's premiership.

Clarke toured New Zealand in 1993 with the British and Irish Lions.

New Zealand Constitutional monarchy in Oceania

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

British and Irish Lions rugby union team

The British & Irish Lions is a rugby union team selected from players eligible for any of the Home Nations – the national teams of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The Lions are a Test side, and generally select international players, but they can pick uncapped players available to any one of the four unions. The team currently tours every four years, with these rotating among Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The most recent series, the 2017 series against New Zealand, was drawn 1-1.

Clarke currently works as a money broker for BGC Partners. He worked there alongside Peter Winterbottom, until Winterbottom left in 2008. [6]

A broker is a person or firm who arranges transactions between a buyer and a seller for a commission when the deal is executed. A broker who also acts as a seller or as a buyer becomes a principal party to the deal. Neither role should be confused with that of an agent—one who acts on behalf of a principal party in a deal.

Peter James Winterbottom, is a former England rugby union footballer who played as an openside flanker. He was England's most-capped openside until being overtaken by Neil Back in 2003. He made his England debut on 2 January 1982 against Australia, and his final appearance on 20 March 1993 against Ireland.

See also

1993 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand

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