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Justin Marshall

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Justin Marshall
Birth nameJustin Marshall
Date of birth (1973-08-05) 5 August 1973 (age 46)
Place of birthMataura, Southland, New Zealand
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight95 kg (14 st 13 lb; 209 lb)
SchoolGore High School
Notable relative(s)Jack Taylor (uncle)
Lloyd Ashby (uncle)
Daryl Gibson (cousin)
SpouseNicole Marshall (née Burgess)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Halfback/Scrum-half
All Black No. 948
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
ChCh HSOB[citation needed] ()
Correct as of 12:55, 11 May 2008 (UTC)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Leeds Tykes
Correct as of 12:00, 14 May 2010 (UTC)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Correct as of 12:00, 14 May 2010 (UTC)
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
1996–2005 Crusaders 105 (118)
Correct as of 12:55, 11 May 2008 (UTC)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1995–2005 New Zealand 81 (140)
Correct as of 12:55, 11 May 2008 (UTC)

Justin Warren Marshall, MNZM (born 5 August 1973)[citation needed] is a New Zealand former rugby union player. He played 81 games for the New Zealand All Blacks between 1995 and 2005.

Marshall played for the Crusaders in the Super 12 from 1996 to 2005, winning the competition five times. He subsequently moved to Europe and had spells playing for Leeds Tykes, the Ospreys, Montpellier and Saracens.

He is now a Sky Sports commentator in New Zealand for most All Blacks games and other provincial matches.

Early life

He was born in Mataura and educated in Gore before settling in Christchurch.

Playing career

Marshall began his rugby union career with Southland and was then asked to join Christchurch by Canterbury coach Vance Stewart. It was whilst here that Marshall first made the break into the All Blacks side for the 1995 tour of Italy and France. Marshall was just 22 when he made his début against France in a 37–12 win.

In 1997 Marshall was made captain of New Zealand and led out his team in four tests in Great Britain and Ireland, becoming the All Blacks' 54th test captain. In moving to Europe, Marshall retired from international rugby with the All Blacks in 2005. He made 81 appearances for the All Blacks, with a record of 61 wins, 1 draw and just 19 defeats. Marshall is the highest capped scrum half in All Blacks history. He has scored a record 24 test tries for New Zealand, a tally that more than doubles the next best for an All Blacks scrum half, held by Sid Going.

Marshall played for Canterbury in the National Provincial Championship,[1] the Crusaders in the Super 12 competition.

His New Zealand contract ran out after the 2005 Lions tour,[2] and he signed to play the 2005–06 season for Leeds Tykes in the English Premiership.[3] Following the relegation of Leeds from the Premiership, Marshall left the club at the end of the season. On 25 April 2006 it was announced he had signed for the Welsh regional side Ospreys on a two-year contract beginning in September 2006.[4] Before signing for Ospreys, Marshall indicated an interest in returning to New Zealand to once again be an All Black and play in the World Cup, even being prepared to play for Auckland.[5] On 16 July 2008 Ospreys announced that Marshall had been released from his contract early,[6] and he signed for Top 14 side Montpellier.[7] On 15 January 2009 he signed for Saracens on a contract to the end of the 2008–09 season.[8]

Throughout the 2009–10 season, whilst continuing to play for Saracens, Marshall was a pundit and commentator on BBC Wales rugby programme Scrum V.[9] At the end of that season, he announced the end of his playing career with a view to moving back to New Zealand to focus on his broadcasting career there.[10]

In April 2013, Marshall made an unexpected comeback, taking the field for club side Wakatipu, at the age of 39.[11]

Commentating career

Marshall joined Sky TV New Zealand in 2010.[12]

First-class record

  • Southland under-18 (1991)
  • New Zealand under-19 (1992)
  • Southland Stags (1992–1994)
  • New Zealand Divisional XV (1993)
  • New Zealand Development Team (1994)
  • New Zealand Colts (1993–1994)
  • Canterbury RFU (1995–2004)
  • NZRFU President's XV (1996)
  • Harlequins (1996)
  • Canterbury Crusaders (1996–2005)
  • New Zealand Barbarians (1996)
  • New Zealand A (1998)
  • New Zealand Trials (1996, 1997, 1998, 2004)
  • New Zealand All Blacks (1995–2005)
  • Barbarians (2004–)
  • Leeds Tykes (2005–2006)
  • French Barbarians (2005)
  • World XV (2006)
  • Ospreys (2006–2008)
  • Classic All Blacks (2007–2008,2015)
  • Montpellier Hérault (2008–2009)
  • Saracens (2009–2010)

Awards and achievements


Club and domestic

  • 1994 New Zealand National Provincial Championship Division II Champions
  • 1994–1995 Ranfurly Shield holders
  • 1997 New Zealand National Provincial Championship Division I Champions
  • 1998 Super 12 champions
  • 1999 Super 12 champions
  • 2000 Super 12 champions
  • 2000–2003 Ranfurly Shield holders
  • 2001 New Zealand National Provincial Championship Division I Champions
  • 2002 Super 12 champions
  • 2004 Ranfurly Shield holders
  • 2004 New Zealand National Provincial Championship Division I Champions
  • 2005 Super 12 champions
  • 2006–07 Celtic League champions
  • 2007–08 EDF Energy (Anglo-Welsh) Cup champions


See also


  1. ^ From 2006, superseded by the Air New Zealand Cup.
  2. ^ NZ recall Marshall to face Lions  BBC Sport, 21 June 2005
  3. ^ Marshall agrees Leeds move The Telegraph, 6 January 2005
  4. ^ Marshall completes Ospreys switch BBC Sport, 25 April 2006
  5. ^ Sydney Morning Herald Archived 29 April 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Justin Marshall makes shock Ospreys exit Wales Online, 16 July 2008
  7. ^ Marshall makes Montpellier move BBC Sport, 16 July 2008
  8. ^ Saracens sign All Black Justin Marshall The Telegraph, 15 January 2009
  9. ^ Wales take the Moore mouth test BBC Sport
  10. ^ "Rugby: Marshall calls time on career". New Zealand Herald. APN Holdings NZ. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  11. ^ "Marshall returns to grass roots rugby". 3 News NZ. 12 April 2013.
  12. ^ "Rugby: Marshall finds new role". New Zealand Herald. 1 February 2014. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 6 June 2017.


  • Gillies, Angus, Justin Marshall, (New Zealand, 2005)

External links

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