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Daniel Paul Benjamin

Place of birth:
Baghdad, Iraq

Position played:
Fullback and Flyhalf

Summary of rugby career:

First Started Playing Where:
Holland Park Comprehensive School, at age 13, in London, England.

Clubs represented and Years:
London French RFC (1968-1978)
Santa Monica Rugby Club (1978-1984) Player
Santa Monica Rugby Club (1994-2008) General Manager


Territorial/National Representative Teams and years:
None

No of Caps (if applicable):
None

No of International Matches (if applicable):
None

Tours: Where, With Whom and Years:
Paris, France - London French RFC (1972-1978)

Awards and Recognition:
Santa Monica Rugby Club - Gordon Bosserman Award (1991, 1996
& 1997)

Impact rugby had on your life:
Rugby has always been my passion and, since high school, I've gained lifelong friendships that are dear to my heart. The camaraderie of Rugby is unique and it's truly a universal Club.

Most inspirational teammate/coach and why:
Ron Nisbet for his inspiration as a Coach and sportsman.
Larry Petrill for his endeavor of perfection.
Stuart Krohn for his wisdom, insight and commitment.

What wisdom would you pass on to current players:
Embrace the game and Club we all love, and Play with Passion.

Marital Status (Spouse/Kids names):
Patricia and I have been married for thirteen wonderful years. I owe her my deepest gratitude for all her support, encouragement and especially for allowing me the time and oportunity to pursue my passion.

Favorite quote:
"It could be worse, it could be raining." - Marty Feldman in
Young Frankenstein

Interests:
Rugby, Soccer, Tennis, Antiques & Collectibles.

Internet links to anything of interest on the web about the player:

http://www.danielbenjaminchandeliers.com/
http://www.thedpb.com/