the grill

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - NEWS -

Twelve years ago, Justin Mar­shall played his fi­nal 30 min­utes of rugby in the All Black jer­sey.

The “dis­as­trous” Lions Tour of 2005 was the first since 1993. Mar­shall re­placed By­ron Kelle­her in the sec­ond half of the fi­nal test match, which the All Blacks won 38-19. In­deed, the All Blacks tri­umphed in all three test matches that tour – the first time in more than two decades the Lions had suf­fered such a grim de­feat.

These days, 43-year-old Mar­shall, who was born and bred in Gore be­fore swap­ping small­town life for the thriv­ing me­trop­o­lis of Christchurch, can be found in a suit on the side­lines, pro­vid­ing com­men­tary on the game he played for more than 20 years. We sub­mit­ted him to a Sunday Grill.

Justin Mar­shall will pro­vide com­men­tary for the All Blacks v Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions se­ries fi­nal live on SKY Sport 1, on July 8 at 7.35pm.

Pho­tographed by Alden Wil­liams

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