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Mark Bennett

Rugby

Fact File

Date of birth

3 February 1993

Sport

Rugby

Club

Edinburgh Rugby

Discipline

Centre

Biography

Mark Bennett played his club rugby with Cumnock before moving on to Ayr where he won the Scottish Premiership. In 2011 he enjoyed a stint at the Clermont Auvergne Academy after which he signed for Glasgow Warriors. 

Mark won his first full Scotland International cap in the 2014 Autumn Internationals against Argentina, and following this, started every game in the 2015 6 Nations. Impressive performances at centre in the tournament earned Mark a place in the Scotland squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, after which, he was nominated for '2015 World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year'.

After excelling on the Scotland 7’s circuit, winning his first cap in 2013 and following just two appearances at the World Series, Mark was named in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games squad where he emerged as a stand out performer for Scotland. Mark was selected as part of Team GB at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio where his blistering pace and skills caused havoc for opposition defences as the team progressed to a historic Silver medal. 

Following his outstanding displays, Mark signed a contract with Edinburgh Rugby in 2017. Despite suffering an injury blighted two years, the 2018/19 season saw Mark come back to his best.  He has picked up where he left off in season 2019/20 with a bucket load of tries for the club. 

Achievements

2017
Signed for Edinburgh Rugby
2016
Rio Olympic Games, Silver Medalist, GB Sevens
2015
Nominated for "World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year"
2015
Scotland Rugby World Cup squad
2014
1st cap for Scotland
2014
Glasgow Commonwealth Games Sevens squad
2013
1st Cap for Scotland 7s