Justin Marshall
Birth nameJustin Marshall
Date of birth (1973-08-05) 5 August 1973 (age 50)
Place of birthGore, 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
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Christchurch HSOB ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Leeds Tykes
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
1996–2005 Crusaders 105 (118)
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1995–2005 New Zealand 81 (140)

Justin Warren Marshall MNZM (born 5 August 1973) 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 Gore on 5 August 1973 and educated at Gore High School, before settling in Christchurch where he played for the High School Old Boys club.[1]

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 second, behind Aaron Smith, 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,[2] the Crusaders in the Super 12 competition.

His New Zealand contract ran out after the 2005 Lions tour,[3] and he signed to play the 2005–06 season for Leeds Tykes in the English Premiership.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] On 16 July 2008 Ospreys announced that Marshall had been released from his contract early,[7] and he signed for Top 14 side Montpellier.[8] On 15 January 2009 he signed for Saracens on a contract to the end of the 2008–09 season.[9]

Throughout the 2009–10 season, whilst continuing to play for Saracens, Marshall was a pundit and commentator on BBC Wales rugby programme Scrum V.[10] 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.[11]

In April 2013, Marshall made an unexpected comeback, taking the field for club side Wakatipu, at the age of 39.[12]

Commentating career

Marshall joined Sky TV New Zealand in 2010.[13]

First-class record

Awards and achievements


In the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours, Marshall was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to rugby.[14]


Club and domestic


See also


  1. ^ Justin Marshall at AllBlacks.com
  2. ^ From 2006, superseded by the Air New Zealand Cup.
  3. ^ NZ recall Marshall to face Lions BBC Sport, 21 June 2005
  4. ^ Marshall agrees Leeds move The Telegraph, 6 January 2005
  5. ^ Marshall completes Ospreys switch BBC Sport, 25 April 2006
  6. ^ Sydney Morning Herald Archived 29 April 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Justin Marshall makes shock Ospreys exit Wales Online, 16 July 2008
  8. ^ Marshall makes Montpellier move BBC Sport, 16 July 2008
  9. ^ Saracens sign All Black Justin Marshall The Telegraph, 15 January 2009
  10. ^ Wales take the Moore mouth test BBC Sport
  11. ^ "Rugby: Marshall calls time on career". The New Zealand Herald. APN Holdings NZ. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  12. ^ "Marshall returns to grass roots rugby". 3 News NZ. 12 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Rugby: Marshall finds new role". The New Zealand Herald. 1 February 2014. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2005". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 6 June 2005. Retrieved 28 April 2020.