Bill Clark
New Zealand
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Full name William Henry Clark
Born November 16, 1929, Motueka
Died June 3, 2010, Mapua (aged 80 years 199 days)
Major teams New Zealand
Position Flanker

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop GfM Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 1953-1956 9 9 0 9 3 0 0 0 0 7 2 0 77.77
Bledisloe Cup 1955-1955 2 2 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 100.00

Career statistics
Test debut Wales v New Zealand at Cardiff, Dec 19, 1953 match details
Last Test New Zealand v South Africa at Auckland, Sep 1, 1956 match details
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Bill Clark's pace made him a highly effective back-row for New Zealand, with his surging attack complemented by good defensive spoiling. He was also frequently called into the backs as, in an era before replacements, he was able to provide plenty of cut and thrust. He fulfilled this role in three Tests of the classic 1956 series against the Springboks, winning two. He also scored a try in New Zealand's infamous loss to Wales in 1953 - although he also conceded a controversial penalty to level the scores late in the game. While he only played nine Tests for the All Blacks he also played 15 tour games and was a regular for Victoria University, New Zealand Universities and Wellington.

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Dec 26, 1953
New Zealand flanker Bill Clark chases a loose ball
New Zealand flanker Bill Clark chases a loose ball
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