Wests Tiger 2005 premiership winner Benji Marshall has been brought to tears following younger brother and Bulldogs hooker Jeremy Marshall-King’s inclusion in the New Zealand World Cup Nines squad.
The 35-year old has represented the Kiwis on 28 ocassions, while Marshall-King’s selection will be the first time the 23-year old wears the New Zealand jersey.
Marshall made his first test appearance earlier this year following his last in 2012 and broke down in tears during the national anthem.
“It’s a very similar feeling, it’s up there. It sounds funny, but I’m more proud of his achievement in making this than any other things I’ve done,” Benji said.
“He’s my little brother and the youngest in the family. I think I cried more than he did when he made it, which is pretty big.”
The achievement capped a brilliant year for Marshall-King in which he left everything on the field in his role as hooker.
He missed one game all season, averaged 36 tackles and a 90 per cent tackle efficiency rate each match as well as collecting the Coaches award at the club’s presentation night.
After moving to the Bulldogs from the Wests Tigers in 2018, Jeremy’s performances over the past two seasons were rewarded with a contract extension until the end of 2021.
Source: The Daily Telegraph
2019 Coaches Award: Jeremy Marshall-King