Dean Clark (rugby league)

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Dean Clark
Personal information
Full name Dean Gordon Clark
Born (1968-01-06) 6 January 1968 (age 49)
New Zealand
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 88 kg (13 st 12 lb)
Playing information
Position Stand-off
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Otahuhu Leopards
1988 Eastern Suburbs 7 1 0 0 4
1991–94 Hull Kingston Rovers
1995–96 Counties Manukau 23 7 1 0 30
1996 Leeds Rhinos 13 3 0 0 12
Total 43 11 1 0 46
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989–97 Auckland
1989–92 New Zealand 7 2 0 0 8
1990–97 New Zealand Māori
Coaching information
Representative
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2006 New Zealand Māori
Source: RLP

Dean Clark (born 6 January 1968) is a New Zealand rugby league coach and former footballer who represented his country between 1989 and 1992.

Playing career[edit]

An Otahuhu Leopards junior, Clark joined the Eastern Suburbs Roosters in 1988 playing in seven matches.

Clark then traveled to England, joining Hull Kingston Rovers in the English competition.[1]

Clark returned to New Zealand in 1995, playing for the Counties Manukau Heroes in the Lion Red Cup.[2]

Clark played with the Leeds Rhinos in 1996, but was released from the club after one season.[3]

Clark then moved to the Mangere East Hawks, where he played in the 1998 Fox Memorial grand final.[4]

In 1999 Clark joined the Otahuhu Leopards and represented Auckland South.[5]

Representative career[edit]

An Auckland representative, Clark played for the Kiwis seven times between 1989 and 1992. He was a trialist in 1993 but did not make the final Kiwis side.

Clark represented the New Zealand Māori in 1990, 1995 and at the 1997 Oceania Cup.[6]

Clark played for the New Zealand Residents in 1990, 1992 and 1995.

Coaching career[edit]

In the 2000 Bartercard Cup Clark was the player-coach of the Otahuhu Leopards, his first coaching role.[7] The Leopards made the grand final, losing 24-38 to the Canterbury Bulls.

Clark coached the Tamaki Titans between 2006 and 2007 in the Bartercard Cup. He was the coach of the New Zealand Māori in 2006.[8]

He coached the Papakura Sea Eagles to seventh in 2010 and again in 2011.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wigan punish heroic Hull The Independent, 10 March 1993
  2. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.p.90-92
  3. ^ Club-by-Club guide to the Super League The Independent, 13 March 1997
  4. ^ New Zealand Rugby League Annual '98, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1998. p.126
  5. ^ Jessup, Peter (16 March 1999). "Rugby League: Injury gives Hoppe a starting chance". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.179
  7. ^ Formidable look to Leopards The Press, 26 July 2000
  8. ^ Coffey, John; Wood, Bernie (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. p. 335. ISBN 978-1-86969-331-2. 
  9. ^ Papakura Sea Eagles Contact Information Auckland Rugby League, 2010