Benji Marshall

Benji Marshall
223

SNAPSHOT

  • Number: 223
  • Position: First five-eighth, Fullback
  • Born: 25/02/85
  • Height: 182
  • Weight: 91
  • Blues Debut: 2014 v Highlanders
  • Blues Caps: 6
  • Blues Points: 10
  • Breakdown: 1T, 1C, 1PG

Born in Whatakane in the eastern Bay of Plenty, Benji Marshall moved to Australia at the age of 15 to take up a rugby league scholarship at Keebra Park State High School on the Gold Coast. He made his first class debut for the Wests Tigers in 2003 and went on to play 201 games for the club. He has also played 27 Tests for the New Zealand Kiwis, captaining the side from 2009-2012.

In 2014, Marshall announced that he would be returning to rugby, but the 13-year gap between playing rugby as an Under 16 New Zealand schoolboy and returning to the sport proved too large to navigate. During the 2014 season, Marshall was released from his contract and returned to NRL with St George Illawarra.