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Playing Rugby League

Playing Rugby League

With Benji Marshall.

When New Zealand youngster Benji Marshall won a premiership with the Wests Tigers in 2005 he forged his reputation as one of the most skillful and creative players in the game. With a grounding in touch football on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Marshall possessed all the required skills to become one of the game’s great players.

Playing Rugby League with Benji Marshall is an instructional and informative guide for young, rugby league players from age 10 and older, in how to play the game effectively—the Benji Marshall way.

Accompanied by images, Benji demonstrates how each component skill of the game can be mastered including passing, kicking, goal-kicking, tackling, running, passing, and the unique ability to read the game.

With chapters focusing on fitness, leadership, and the right gear and having the right approach to the game, this is the ideal book for junior through to adult players, coaches and lovers of rugby league.


New Zealand born Benji Marshall made his Test debut in the 32-16 loss to Australia in April 2005. His blistering speed, deceptive step and uncanny ball skills inspired the Wests Tigers in the grand final and his piece of ‘Benji magic’ which resulted in a try to winger Pat Richards was the turning point of the match. Marshall also showed his courage in coming back from potentially career-threatening injuries to play his role in New Zealand’s stunning win over Australia in the 2008 World Cup final. Two years later, he captained the Kiwis to victory in the final of the Four Nations competition. In 2010, he was named ‘Golden Boot’ winner as international player of the year.

“When he plays, I like to watch him play; really watch him … there haven’t been many of those sorts of players during my career; Benji is up there in terms of skills levels … but he has a different approach to the game.” – Wayne Bennett

Playing Rugby League is available now.

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