Born: c. 1907
Died: 21 October, 1958
Test record: 1 Test (1932) – 0 points
Newton Rangers and Marist stalwart Alan Clarke locked the scrum in one Test for New Zealand against the 1932 British tourists.
Clarke came through Newton’s ranks in the early-1920s to regularly earn Auckland and North Island selection. He represented his province against Great Britain in 1928 and 1932, the latter after a contentious switch to the Marist club in 1929.
A handy goalkicker who could find the try-line, Clarke’s belated call-up to the New Zealand side came ahead of the third Test against Great Britain in 1932, replacing Jim Amos at loose foward. The hosts went down 20-18 at Carlaw Park in their best performance of the series.
Clarke hung up the boots in 1934, making his last appearance for Marist against visiting NSWRL premiers Western Suburbs.