Marshall signs for the Blues
Saturday 10th August, 2013 on SPORT24
Wellington - Rugby league star Benji Marshall confirmed on Saturday he is switching to rugby union, signing for Super 15 side Auckland Blues with hopes of making the All Blacks. "It gives me great pleasure to announce that I'll be joining the Auckland Blues," Marshall said on the Blues' official YouTube channel, ending months of speculation about his future. "I'm really looking forward to this opportunity to hopefully bring a title to the Blues and hopefully, maybe, one day represent the All Blacks," the New Zealand-born playmaker said.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce that I'll be joining the Auckland Blues,”
Australian sides Waratahs and Melbourne Rebels were also chasing Marshall's signature after he announced he was ending his lengthy relationship with Sydney league club Wests Tigers. Marshall has committed to a lucrative two-year deal with the Blues franchise for 2014 and 2015, understood to be worth close to NZ$500 000 (US$400 000) a season.
“I'm really looking forward to this opportunity to hopefully bring a title to the Blues and hopefully, maybe, one day represent the All Blacks,”
In the video, the 28-year-old said he was "happy and excited" to be returning to New Zealand but was sad to be leaving the Tigers. Blues coach John Kirwan said in a statement he was not yet in a position to say where Marshall would fit into his side next season.
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