Chiefs lock Craig Clarke forced into retirement

Last updated 21:07 04/06/2014
Craig Clarke
Getty Images
ENFORCER: Craig Clarke was vital for the Chiefs' two Super Rugby-winning campaigns.

Relevant offers

Super Rugby

Japan Super Rugby team 'preferred location' Singapore Super Rugby bid conceding defeat Japan bid no longer shoo-in for Super Rugby Robbie Fruean linked with a Crusaders return Highlanders add more to their Tasman stocks Super Rugby will miss All Blacks for first round Dave Rennie on the hunt for another halfback Chiefs snap up Bryce Heem and Sean Polwart Move to Taranaki pays off for Iopu-Aso Chiefs add two forwards to Super Rugby squad

Former Chiefs captain Craig Clarke has announced his retirement from rugby after ongoing concussion problems while playing for Irish club Connacht.

Clarke, 30, left the Chiefs after five seasons there, including leading them to back-to-back Super Rugby titles in 2012 and last year as co-captain with Liam Messam.

The two-metre tall lock played only 15 games this year for Connacht, for whom he had signed a three-year contract, but his leadership skills were quickly identified with Kiwi coach Pat Lam promoting him to on-field captain.

Clarke's main regret on leaving the game was he never became an All Black. "While I will always be disappointed not to have worn the black jersey of my country, I will sleep easy knowing that I gave it a real crack, particularly in my last three seasons playing in New Zealand," Clarke said via a Connacht press release.

Ad Feedback

- Waikato Times

Special offers
Opinion poll

What do you make of the Blues signing Jimmy Cowan?

It's a great move. His experience is needed.

The jury's still out for me. Let's wait and see.

It's a desperate move. Respectfully, Cowan is past it.

The Blues have bigger worries than halfback.

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content