The NSW Waratahs have been in discussions with Benji Marshall’s management for three years regarding the NRL superstar’s move to Super Rugby, but his desire to quit the Wests Tigers does not guarantee an automatic transition to a backline featuring successful code-hopper Israel Folau.
Marshall’s adviser Martin Tauber revealed last night that the former Kiwis captain was seeking a release from the two remaining years on his contract so he can explore a switch to rugby.
The Wests Tigers board will agree to the request as it continues a rebuilding phase that has seen established stars Andrew Fifita, Bryce Gibbs, Chris Heighington and Beau Ryan released in the last two years.
A Waratahs’ spokesperson confirmed the organisation had held ongoing discussions with Tauber regarding the acquisition of Marshall though an agreement appears some way off.
Coming to the Blues makes more sense. The Blues are on the way up with an inspirational coach and a huge fan base that would take him to heart.
He would also be available for the All Blacks 2015 World Cup campaign and the 2016 Sevens at the Olympics in Rio, should he make a successful transition.