Clarke scrums down at Cantor
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Clarke scrums down at Cantor

As the rugby World Cup gears up for its big kick-off, one former star is settling into his new job in the far more aggressive world of inter-dealer brokerage.

Ben Clarke, ex-England international and British Lion, has hung up his boots and joined the notorious Cantor Fitzgerald.

After a career that involved routinely grappling with huge scary men intent on ripping his head off, Clarke, 35, now finds himself alongside the likes of Cantor's European president Lee Amaitis, a huge scary...

Amaitis may not be an All Black forward but the man dubbed the Brooklyn Bruiser was, according to testimony in London's Royal Courts of Justice this year, seemingly on a mission to prove all the clichés about City traders true - with stories of drugs, lap dancers and all the trappings of fast living.

The court hearing, into a constructive dismissal claim from ex-Cantor derivatives man Steven Horkulak, found against Cantor which had to pay out nearly £1 million. Since then, the firm has been in overdrive trying to improve its image.

The affable Clarke will surely be put to work on this too.

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