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Taunton School welcomes former rugby pro to coaching team

The Somerset institution has recruited Neil Clark as its rugby Forwards Coach

Posted by Julian Owen | November 14, 2017 | Sports & Leisure

Taunton School's new Forwards Coach, Neil Clark, started his rugby career at the age of 16, playing for Helston RFC before being selected for Exeter Chiefs. He has represented England in the 18s, U19s, U21s and England Students as well as receiving representative honours for The Penguins and The Barbarians.

Neil was part of the Bristol RFC team who won the championship in 2004 and, despite having to leave Bristol through injury, continued to play with a dual contract for both Bath and Launceston.

Neil rejoined Exeter Chiefs in 2008, where he was an integral part of the team who won promotion to Premiership in 2010, and also won the Players' Player of the Year award.

With over 200 games played for the Chiefs and 74 for Bristol, Neil continued his rugby career in France with Oyonnax. When a severe injury meant instant retirement, Neil returned to England and is now enjoying his new role at Taunton School.

Around 200 senior school students, aged 13 to 18, are involved in playing the game. Nic Sestaret, Director of Rugby. said: “With his vast knowledge and experience, Neil is undoubtedly a valuable addition to our coaching team.”

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