Fairy tale for Scotland prop Marfo
SCOTLAND’S new prop Darryl Marfo is looking forward to an almost implausible weekend match-up against world champions New Zealand at Murrayfield just three months after being without a club.
The 27-year-old London-born loose head has had a fairy tale rise up the ranks in the last weeks, not long after he considered giving up the game because he “needed money”.
“It would have been a stretch to believe six months ago,” Marfo said after making his Test debut on Saturday in Scotland’s 4438 win over Samoa at Murrayfield.
“First and foremost you want to show your teammates and the coaches, the people whose trust and respect you want to earn. It was nice for me to go out and play as I did. Of course I enjoyed it. Loved it. Obviously, there are things to improve too.”
At the start of the season Marfo was without a club after a short-term contract with Bath ended. He chanced his luck on Edinburgh needing reinforcements after Allan Dell’s injury on the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand, sending them an email offering his services.
Marfo was effectively only fourthchoice behind Dell, Alasdair Dickinson and Rory Sutherland and then found himself even lower in the pecking order when Italian loose head Michele Rizzo arrived from Leicester Tigers on loan a month later.
But injuries to the first three saw him elevated to the bench and then Rizzo was red-carded and suspended, allowing Marfo to play and make his mark. A Scotland callup came when Glasgow’s Gordon Reid was injured.
“Injuries were not fortunate for me in the past. Now they are helping me a bit, though nobody likes to see their teammates injured.”
Scotland host the All Blacks on Saturday, after which they host Australia at Murrayfield next Saturday. – Reuters
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