Caleb Clarke

Caleb Clarke
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SNAPSHOT

  • Number: 285
  • Position: Outside Back
  • Born: 29/03/99
  • Height: 189
  • Weight: 107
  • Province: Auckland
  • Provincial Caps: 22
  • Provincial Points: 40
  • Provincial Debut: 2017 v Counties Manukau
  • Blues Debut: 2018 v Waratahs
  • Blues Caps: 24
  • Blues Points: 30
  • Breakdown: 6 T
  • Test Caps: 4
  • Test Points: 5
  • Test Debut: 2020 v Australia

Out of the Suburbs club in West Auckland, Caleb is a former Mt Albert Grammar star, where he played in the 1st XV backline for three years. He was also an Auckland schools sprint champion. Caleb moved into the Blues via the ITC programme in 2018 after coming through the Blues development programme for some years. He is the son of Blues and All Black great Eroni.

Caleb played for the New Zealand Secondary Schools team in 2016 and 2017. He has also featured prominently in the World Rugby Junior World Championship, winning the 2017 edition in Georgia and playing a second time in 2018.

Caleb made his debut in the Mitre 10 Cup for Auckland in 2017, still aged just 18.

In 2018 Caleb completed his rise through the Blues U17, U18 and U20 squads to play for the title winning team at the Brisbane 10s. Not long after saw Caleb earn his full team debut against the Waratahs.

After winning the Mitre 10 Cup with Auckland, scoring a crucial try in the final, Caleb became a familiar feature on the wing during the 2019 campaign.

Caleb was unavailable for the beginning of the 2020 Super Rugby season in an attempt to claim an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo with the New Zealand 7s team. However he re-joined the squad for Super Rugby Aotearoa and made an immediate impact in the opening round  with 43,000 fans turning up to watch a 30-20 victory over the Hurricanes, including a well taken try by Caleb Clarke.

Caleb’s unstoppable form in Super Rugby Aotearoa translated quickly onto the international stage. Clarke made his All Blacks debut off the bench in Wellington against the Wallabies, with his starting debut coming the very next week on home turf in Auckland. Caleb was an immediate sensation, eating metres for fun and firmly establishing himself as a presence on the global stage, stepping out of his fathers shadow and into his own light.