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Rugby Betting: ASU interested in Benji Marshall
By Andrew Scott Saturday, 3 August 2013 01:07
Rugby betting services fans learned that the Australian Rugby Union wants to see league superstar Benji Marshall stay in the country instead of making a move to New Zealand.
Marshall and many of his rugby betting fans want the player to leave NRL side West Tigers and move to the 15-man code, with Auckland Blues currently being the favourite for the Kiwi.
Price per head services know that the decision made by Marshall may depend on whether he seriously wants to play for New Zealand or not.
He would have to play his club rugby in New Zealand if he does, and if he doesn’t, Super Rugby sides ACT Brumbies and New South Wales Waratahs were linked with signing the player, and rugby betting fans would like to see what he will ultimately do.
Bill Pulver, Australian Rugby Union chief, said that a deal was not agreed, but he did admit being interested.
“Benji’s an intriguing prospect, who seems to have made it clear he’s leaving rugby league,” he said.
And fans who enjoy making a rugby bet, know what a great asset he can be to any potential club.
“He’s looking at options in Australia and New Zealand so, yeah, there’s some interest there.
“I know there’s some dialogue in both Australia and New Zealand but I have no new news in terms of where those discussions are.”
Rugby betting fans and price per head services saw that Marshall was the one who captained New Zealand to the 2008 rugby league World Cup, and his manager said that he is not interested in representing the Wallabies if he chooses to continue playing in Australia.
According to Pulver, that means that the ARU wouldn’t have to raise the player’s salary.
“The ARU would only put money into a player like Benji if he was doing something at a national level,” he said. “He’s eligible, but would he play?”
Marshall would likely play with fellow league convert Israel Folaum, if he did join the Waratahs.
Pay per head sportsbooks learned that Australian media reports suggest that Folau will soon sign a new two-year contract with the ARU, and many fans who follow the player and enjoy making a rugby bet would really like to see this happen.
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Pulver said: “I’m delighted to see all the positive speculation this morning and I am conscious of dialogue going on but I have not seen a signed contract. I have been waiting for weeks so I’m hoping it’s imminent, but it’s not done.”