Tuquiri backs Marshall to be successful in Rugby Union

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Updated: August 27, 2013

Former Wallaby Lote Tuquiri has backed West Tigers teammate Benji Marshall to thrive when he makes the switch to the Blues next season.

Marshall’s decision to switch codes, leaving the NRL and taking a pay cut in the hope of representing the All Blacks has divided opinions in both Australia and his native New Zealand.

Dual code international Tuquiri, who amassed 67 caps for the Wallabies during his time in the 15 man game believes Marshall has all the attributes to make him a success in Union.

“I think he’ll go really well,” Tuqiri told Sportal.

“I think he’s really pumped to get over there and do something but he’s got two games for us to play really good footy and I think he did that on the weekend

“We’ll have a few chats over the next couple of weeks but we’re all excited for him, it’s a new chapter in his life but he’s got two weeks to play well for us.”

Blues coach Sir John Kirwan has also backed the talented Marshall to adapt well to the intricacies of rugby union, a game Marshall last played in his early teens before taking up a rugby league scholarship in Queensland.

“Benji has the ability to break open a game; he’s one of those players that does the right thing at the right time. He has great footwork and a good passing game so we can see those attributes really being beneficial to the Blues and to rugby union.”

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