Fiji Time: 12:16 PM on Friday 29 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

From Benchy to Bungee Marshall

Aap
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WELLINGTON - Benji Marshall says he had a decent crack at rugby union. But did he really?

The transition between rugby league and rugby union is a big enough gap for the very best athletes. It becomes a chasm when you jump straight in the deep end like Marshall did.

A 212-minute bid to prove himself as a rugby player ended when the decorated league playmaker asked for a release from his Blues contract midway through the Super Rugby season.

A return to rugby league looms.

Marshall reckons he is "average" at the 15-man game and will seek the natural fit of a code where he thrived for the Wests Tigers and Kiwis for a decade.

Yet it was the challenge of converting to rugby union that Marshall openly said he found most enticing late last year.

He relished the chance to cross codes, into Auckland's rugby fishbowl. He said it would take time, but he was up for the fight.

He acknowledged that even the most successful converts to rugby in New Zealand — Brad Thorn and Sonny Bill Williams — took more than a season to find their feet.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64150.6225
JPY 51.982948.9829
GBP 0.36900.3610
EUR 0.44000.4280
NZD 0.69550.6625
AUD 0.65310.6281
USD 0.48960.4726

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 29th July 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Last lot to Rio
  2. 'Complete waste'
  3. Sevens unite
  4. Execs at loggerheads
  5. Edible bamboo import
  6. $12.5m for minors
  7. Farmers submit proposal
  8. Qiliho assures safety
  9. Agents of change
  10. Fearless Riwai

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sami's best try Saturday (23 Jul)
  2. Radio announcer in court Saturday (23 Jul)
  3. Tourist fined $400 for apples Tuesday (26 Jul)
  4. Fitter and faster Tuesday (26 Jul)
  5. Student jumps from school building Tuesday (26 Jul)
  6. Black money Monday (25 Jul)
  7. Allegiance switch Sunday (24 Jul)
  8. Mum rises above limits Wednesday (27 Jul)
  9. Reaction from 7s players Monday (25 Jul)
  10. Alleged rape victim out of hospital Monday (25 Jul)