Calum Clark will become the sixth player in the history of the club’s academy to gain full international honours when he takes to the field at Twickenham against France this Saturday.

The first Academy player to gain full England honours was Tom Palmer back in 2001 against the USA in America. He was since been followed by Danny Care, Luther Burrell, Jordan Crane and Rob Webber. If Care comes off the bench on Saturday, he will be equal with Jason Robinson on 51 caps as the most capped player from the city of Leeds for England.

Calum joined Leeds when he was 14 and immediately looked like a star for the future. Five years later, he duly became the youngest forward to appear in the Premiership when playing the full 80 minutes against Saracens on September 30, 2007.  He made 23 appearances in his debut season, with 17 of these coming in the starting line up and by the end of the season he earned international recognition with the England U20 side. 

He played for England U16's and U18's and previously for Darlington Rugby Club. He was one of four Leeds players named in Brian Ashton's Junior National Academy for the 2005-06 season and once again joined up with the side last season. He was part of the Barnard Castle side who reached the Daily Mail Cup Final as a schoolboy.

By the end of his debut season Calum earned international recognition with the England U20 side. He helped the England youngsters through to the IRB U20 World Championship final, defeating South Africa in the semi final before losing to New Zealand in the final.

In 2009 he was named captain of the England U20 side for the U20 Six Nations, but after leading his side for the first three games he had to sit out the last two with a broken hand. He returned to captain the side at the 2009 IRB Toshiba Junior World Championship in Japan.

Calum was also Carnegie’s young player of the year in two successive seasons with his physical potential and mental toughness to the fore. 

After signing for Northampton in the summer of 2010, he led the Saints, at the age of 21, in an LV= Cup match against Saracens. He captained England Saxons on his debut against Ireland Wolfhounds at Gloucester in January 2014 and also led the team in the 16-16 draw with Scotland A in Glasgow six days later. 

Calum was named the Northampton Young Player of the Season for 2010-11, having started both the Heineken Cup final that the Saints lost 33-22 to Leinster, and the Premiership semi-final. That season he made 35 appearances – more than any other Saints player – and was rewarded with a new contract.

Calum, born in Stockton-on-Tees, played for Darlington RFC in his formative days. His burgeoning total of Premiership appearances has since reached 124, comprising 90 for Northampton and 34 for Leeds.