Rhabdomyosarcoma of the adult head and neck is rare, particularly beyond 40 years of age. In this region, the nasopharynx is an unusual site. Most nasopharyngeal rhabdomyosarcomas are of an alveolar variety. We report a case of embryonal or spindle cell rhabdomyosarcoma in the nasopharynx of a 47-year-old man. The histology of this tumour revealed clear cells that have not been described in embryonal rhabdomyosarcomas occurring in the head and neck. The pathology is discussed and current literature reviewed.