|Birth name||Benjamin Bevan Clarke|
|Date of birth||15 April 1968|
|Place of birth||Bishop's Stortford|
|Height||1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||113 kg (17 st 11 lb)|
|School||The Bishop's Stortford College|
|University||The Royal Agricultural College (Cirencester)|
|Rugby union career|
Ben Clarke (born 15 April 1968),is a former England back-row international rugby union player.
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,Clarke played for Bath Rugby from 1992 to 1996, before joining Richmond F.C. as the first £1-million player. He returned to Bath in 2000 for a second spell as captain, before knee injuries reduced his appearances and he left the club for a second time, joining Worcester Warriors as player/coach in 2001.
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 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 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.
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Clarke currently works as a money broker for BGC Partners. He worked there alongside Peter Winterbottom, until Winterbottom left in 2008.
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1993 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand
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