A former New Zealand test star turned journalist has suggested Kiwi legend Benji Marshall could be set for a return to Rugby League after finding it difficult to adapt to rugby union.
Tony Kemp, who was a highly-rated utility player with Leeds Rhinos, Castleford Tigers and Newcastle Knights – and has 25 New Zealand caps – claims Marshall is unsettled with Super Rugby side the Blues and is eyeing a return to League with New Zealand Warriors, where Sam Tomkins plays. In an article on the Stuff website, Kemp says Marshall has struggled to cement a starting spot with the Blues and is almost certain not to feature in the All Blacks’ World Cup campaign in England next year. Rumours are circulating of a stint in Super League or with an Australian team, but Kemp claims Marshall’s wife’s success as a media personality in Auckland will prevent them from upping sticks.
It’s still early days yet – and for all we know he could start to flourish in union – but the prospect of Tomkins, Shaun Johnson and Marshall playing in the same team is certainly a mouthwatering one.