Phil Clarke

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Phil Clarke
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Clarke in 2009
Personal information
Full name Philip Clarke
Nickname Wally
Born Sunday (1971-05-16) 16 May 1971 (age 43)
Blackrod, Bolton, England
Playing information
Position Back-row, Five-eighth
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1988–95 Wigan 154 23 0 0 92
1995–96 Sydney City Roosters 12 2 0 0 8
Total 166 25 0 0 100
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989–94 Great Britain 16 4 0 0 16
1995 England 6 1 0 0 4
Source: [1][2]

Phil Clarke (born Sunday (1971-05-16) 16 May 1971 (age 43) in Blackrod, Bolton, Lancashire) is an English professional rugby league football commentator and former player of the 1980s and '90s. A Great Britain and England international representative back-rower or five-eighth, he played his club rugby league in England for Wigan (with whom he won five consecutive Challenge Cup finals from 1990 to 1994), and in Australia for the Sydney Roosters.

Biography[edit]

Phil Clarke is the son of the Wigan and England nine of the 1960s and '70s, and Wigan coach of the 1980s, Colin Clarke.

Playing career[edit]

During the 1991–92 Rugby Football League season, he played for defending champions Wigan at loose-forward in their 1991 World Club Challenge victory against the visiting Penrith Panthers. Clarke was selected to go on the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand. He played in the back-row in Great Britain's win over Australia in Melbourne. During the 1992–93 Rugby Football League season Clarke played at loose-forward for defending RFL champions Wigan in the 1992 World Club Challenge against the visiting Brisbane Broncos. After the 1993–94 Rugby Football League season Clarke travelled with defending champions Wigan to Brisbane, playing at loose-forward in their 1994 World Club Challenge victory over Australian premiers, the Brisbane Broncos.

Clarke represented England at the 1995 Rugby League World Cup. He became the first player to win England caps whilst at the Sydney City Roosters. Clarke was selected to play for England in the 1995 World Cup final at second-row forward but Australia won the match and retained the Cup.

Clarke's playing career was cut short when he suffered a broken neck in his only season with Sydney. Although he made a full recovery, he was warned by doctors never to play rugby league again.

Post playing career[edit]

Clarke became a Sky Sports Rugby League pundit. He began working with Sky television in 1999 alongside Bill Arthur on Academy matches but nowadays he can be seen working with Eddie Hemmings and Mike "Stevo" Stephenson on Sky Sports Super League broadcasts and is respected for his in depth analysis of games and regularly "knocks sense" into colleague Mike Stephenson.

In March 2006 he quit his job as Great Britain team manager after five years, having become part of the GB set-up in 2001.[3] His reasons for leaving were the "lack of leadership and direction" for the Great Britain team, and the lack of improvement in competitiveness against international opponents; adding that "Despite what's been said by the RFL and certain parts of the media, we're no closer now than we were 15 years ago."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ Phil Clarke, Englandrl.co.uk, retrieved 2011-01-01
  3. ^ "No-one cares about Lions - Clarke", BBC, 23 March 2006, retrieved 2011-01-01

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